In what has been an injury-plagued season for the Los Angeles Lakers, it was announced on Thursday that the team will finish out the last portion of the regular season without point guard Steve Nash, according to ESPN.com.
Nash has been limited to appearing in just 10 games this season due to persistent nerve irritation in his back and left leg. He initially suffered the nerve irritation in his back on Nov. 10 that forced him miss the following two months. The eight-time All-Star returned to the lineup on Feb. 4, but suffered yet another setback just days later when bumped knees with Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich that “flared up” the injury once again.
So as the 40-year-old continues to battle through nerve issues, head coach Mike D’Antoni at Thursday’s shootaround made the decision to rule out the 18-year veteran for the remainder of the season.
“He’s not going to play,” D’Antoni told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It doesn’t make any sense for him to come back for 15 games, whatever.”
In the 10 games that Nash played this season he averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists on just 36 percent shooting from the floor and 31.6 percent from 3-point range.
The news comes just one day after the team declared Kobe Bryant out for the rest of the season as he is still experiencing swelling and soreness in left knee. Bryant has only played in six games this season due to a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that occurred just nine days after he made his return from a torn left Achilles tendon that sidelined him for nearly eight months.
So with both players now ruled out for the remainder of the season, it only adds on to a year full of injuries throughout Los Angeles’ roster that has seen the team play with just eight active players for a couple of games this season including the Feb. 5 119-109 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that had team finished the contest with just four active players.
It has been a year to forget, and the loss of Nash and Bryant for the last 16 games of the regular season only accentuates that statement.
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