Updates from Friday, April 11
L.A. Daily News reporter Mark Medina reports Nash is probably out for Friday's game:
Pau Gasol is definitely out tonight vs. Golden State. D'Antoni believes Nash will be out too— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding and ESPN's Dave McMenamin report that Nash suffered a setback in Tuesday night's game:
Nash said he had a significant setback with his nerve tonight but played through it in part to "get this over with," assist-record-wise.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 9, 2014
Nash said he felt a "bite" in his hamstring. Thinks the setback will likely end his season.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 9, 2014
D'Antoni on Nash: "Too bad everything comes to an end, but he's had a great career"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 9, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 4
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com provides an update on Steve Nash:
Mike D’Antoni doesn’t think this will be the last game of the season for Steve Nash. Probably not on Sunday, but next week.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News provides a synopsis of Steve Nash discussing his injury status:
Steve Nash said ankle issue not related to nerves, but he won't play tomorrow vs Sacramento— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 2, 2014
Steve Nash just can't stay healthy.
The Los Angeles Lakers' veteran point guard played for just 11 minutes during Tuesday night's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers before suffering his newest injury—a sprained left ankle.
According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Nash is questionable to return:
Steve Nash has sprained his left ankle, might not reurn tonight. Has 7 points and 7 assists in 10 minutes.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) April 2, 2014
Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell would later note Nash's return in the second half:
Nash makes his return at the 5:58, alongside Nick Young, with Marshall and Bazemore going to the bench. LAL in an 11-point hole.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 2, 2014
But, Trudell also noted that Nash would leave the game again:
Nash has not been, and won't be, at 100% this season. He's battling through pain, as he did again tonight. He won't return.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 2, 2014
Trudell also provided an update after the game:
It’s highly doubtful Nash would return tomorrow at SAC on a back to back. LAL play next on Friday (vs. DAL) and Sunday (at LAC).— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 2, 2014
After missing a majority of the first three months of the season with a back injury, Nash returned only to suffer a nerve irritation in his leg that has held him out for several more games. Entering Tuesday, he had played in just 12 of the Lakers' 73 games, averaging 21.6 minutes per contest.
You have to feel for Nash, as he has played well in limited action and was doing so again against the Blazers, as Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding noted:
Nash had been clearly struggling physically late in 1Q, which could've been the ankle. He stayed in then and kept playing well.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 2, 2014
Nash is under contract for another season with the Lakers, but retirement is clearly on the horizon, which even he admitted, via USA Today's Paul Coro:
Next year is not guaranteed. You never know what will happen with my back and the situation with the team. I just want to play a little bit in case I don't get to play again.
The interesting thing for me is I feel I can play at a really high level. I just haven't been able to prove that I can sustain it. When I'm moving well, I feel like I'm not far off from where I was my last year in Phoenix. It just takes its toll on me.
It's hard to watch Nash, a two-time MVP and one of the most enjoyable point guards to watch during his prime, go through the final stretch of his career like this.
Hopefully he is able to get healthy over the summer and provide one more season as a valuable role player.