Updates from Sunday, March 30
Xavier Henry is out again tonight. Steve Nash will be a game-time decision. Kaman, Hill, Bazemore, Meeks & Marshall will start.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 30, 2014
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com later confirmed Nash's status:
Steve Nash is out tonight, joining Bryant, Gasol, Farmar and Henry on the injured list.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 31, 2014
Updates from Sunday, March 23
Serena Winters of Lakers Nation provides the latest update on Steve Nash:
Just chatted w/ Steve Nash after his pre-game routine, says he still doesn't feel ready to play tonight.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) March 24, 2014
Steve Nash also said he isn't ruling out Tuesday, taking it day by day.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) March 24, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 21
The Lakers made things official on Friday:
Steve Nash will play tonight, Wes Johnson is out with an upper respiratory infection.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 21, 2014
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com has more on Nash:
Steve Nash said he's "excited" to return to the court. He'll come off the bench, and monitor how his body feels.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 21, 2014
Updates from Thursday, March 20
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has a major update on Steve Nash's status for the rest of the season:
After five weeks on the sidelines, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is planning a return to the lineup on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Lakers, left with only one healthy point guard, are planning to use Nash as a backup to Kendall Marshallagainst the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.
Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, participated in a full practice session with the Lakers on Thursday.
After recently ruling out Nash's return, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni changed course on Wednesday and suggested Nash could return over the final 15 games of the regular season.
Updates from Wednesday, March 19
ESPN's Dave McMenamin has an update:
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni opened the door for the chance that Steve Nash could return at some point this season after the veteran guard supposedly shut it down last week because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings.
"It's still a possibility," D'Antoni said Wednesday when asked if Nash could play at some point in the Lakers' final 15 games. "We have to see where he is physically. ... We'll have to see some practices and see how it goes."
Updates from Monday, March 17
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com has the latest on Steve Nash's status:
Especially given the news on Farmar (groin strain), don't rule out a return to game action for Steve Nash.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 17, 2014
Nash told me on Friday in OKC that he's continuing to work to stay in game shape, and could potentially be available. Stay tuned.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 17, 2014
Updates from Thursday, March 13
Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times has the latest on Nash, and the news isn't good:
Mike D'Antoni officially closes the door on Steve Nash returning this season for the Lakers. "He's not going to play."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 13, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 3
Dave McMenamin of ESPN has the latest on Steve Nash's status:
Mike D'Antoni says he "doubts" Steve Nash plays again this season, but wouldn't rule him out— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports that Nash won't play in the second half:
Steve Nash will start tonight. "I feel pretty good, so I'll give it a shot tonight," he said after shootaround.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 11, 2014
Updates from Monday, Feb. 10
Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News has the latest on Steve Nash's status after injuring his leg on Sunday vs. Chicago:
Steve Nash participated in Monday's practice w/out restrictions. Left the floor when practice opened to the media though to get treatment— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 10, 2014
The Lakers also added more about Nash's status:
Good news for the Lakers as coach D'Antoni says Steve Nash is probable for tomorrow. "No big setbacks. He should be able to go."— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 10, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, but that was far from the only bit of bad news they received.
Mark Medina, the Lakers beat writer for L.A. Daily News, pointed out that point guard Steve Nash left the game with a leg injury:
Steve Nash is out rest of the game bc of nerve irritation in his left leg, same leg he fractured last season. He'll be reevaluated Mon— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 9, 2014
Medina also noted that there may be salary cap implications to this latest injury:
If Nash plays another game, Lakers can't benefit from having his salary removed from their cap— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 9, 2014
Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles added to the injury news by providing the Lakers’ plans for their veteran point guard:
Nash will be re-evaluated on Monday. He is sitting out "as a precaution" according to the Lakers— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 9, 2014
If Nash is to be believed, he won’t be out too long (via the Los Angeles Lakers’ official Twitter page):
Nash: "I just took a knee to the spot I broke my leg... It just really flared up on me. I don't think it's going to be long-term thing."— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 9, 2014
Nash only played 21 minutes against the Bulls and managed to score eight points, dish out two assists and grab two rebounds. Fortunately for the squad, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall should be able to fill in for Nash while he is out.
With the Lakers floundering near the bottom of the league, don’t expect Nash to rush back anytime soon. There is little incentive with every loss improving Los Angeles’ potential draft stock.