Suns vs. Mavericks: Steve Nash Questionable for Phoenix's Matchup Against Dallas

Kevin BonnevilleContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns has ice placed on his thigh during the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at US Airways Center on January 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 101-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash will be a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks due to a left thigh bruise. The two-time MVP suffered the injury the other night against the Memphis Grizzlies when he ran into the knee of Marc Gasol on the last play of the game.

The Suns' decision to sit out Nash could depend on the injuries that the Mavericks are suffering from at the moment.

Dallas' starter at the point, Jason Kidd, will miss the next four games because of a calf injury. Delonte West has been banged up as well due to a bad hamstring. Roddy Beaubois is expected to get a lot of playing time at the point with Kidd sidelined.

That isn't the end of the Mavericks' injury problems so far this season.

Dirk Nowitzki finally returned to the lineup for the Mavs after sitting out four games with knee and conditioning problems. In yesterday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, the German power forward clearly showed some rust, scoring only 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field.

With the Suns having four games this week, I would expect Nash to sit out tonight's game. Even with Nash out of the lineup, Dallas is still pretty beatable with the number of injuries they have and how poorly they have played so far this season. Plus, the Suns are playing on their home floor.

If Nash does sit, Ronnie Price would earn the start. Price started four games for Phoenix at the shooting guard spot, but returned to the bench last game when Jared Dudley returned to the starting lineup. Sebastian Telfair would be the backup to Price.