As expected Steve Nash will sit out the Los Angeles Lakers’ second game of the first back-to-backs of this season, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni had stated several times throughout the preseason that he was going to managing his 39-year-old point guard playing time this season to preserve his health and minimize the possibility of any significant injury occurring like it did last season with his broken left leg, hip injury and hamstring that caused him to miss a total of 32 games.
In the season opener on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers Nash did however fall in the first quarter while running through a screen in what he called a “strange” physical game. With that being said, D’Antoni is continuing to be cautious with the two-time NBA MVP.
“He’s at the stage of his career where he has to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “We need to move it along slowly so that as he goes forward, he’s ready to go all year. We don’t want any setbacks early. We’re just being cautious.”
Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake will both start for the Lakers against the Warriors, based on the fact that they have had more experience in D’Antoni’s system, and Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar will be the team’s primary guards off the bench.
What it all comes down to is keeping Nash healthy and by sitting him out for the second game of back-to-backs will go a long way in having Nash on the court.
“He wants to play, but he also understands he needs to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “We think it’s the best way to go. We can reevaluate that after a couple of games and see how it goes for a couple of games in December. But this early, we think this is best for him and the team.”
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