After making his long-awaited return in Friday’ s game against the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the Orlando Magic due to a tweaked right hamstring, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Nash suffered the injury with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter in Friday’s game, and in post-game interviews described himself as feeling good physically after the what he called a “minor setback.”
“I feel pretty good,” Nash said. “[There was] a little setback right at the end, that’s why I came out with a couple minutes left, but it was more precautionary. Sometimes I let my ambition get the better of me and I thought if I want to play the rest of the year I better just be careful.
The 18-year veteran did not participate in practice on Saturday as used that time to get treatment on his hamstring injury that occurred due to the persistent nerve irritation in his left leg and back that has limited him to playing in just 11 games this season.
“It’s the same problem that he’s had, just his nerves back there,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Saturday. “We’re trying to be cautious, but we haven’t found a solution. For (Sunday’s) game we’re going to be cautious. We’ll see. If he feels good, he’ll play, but if there’s any doubt, he won’t.”
In first game back since Feb. 11, Nash played an impactful 19 minutes off the bench in just as he tallied 11 assists with five points and four rebounds before taking himself out of the game in the fourth quarter. In the first half he dished out five assists that included three of them coming off the first three made field goals by the Lakers to begin the second quarter.
The 40-year-0ld continued to make a big impact on the game in the second half as he dished out five assists on Los Angeles’ last eight made field goals in the third quarter that helped cut the deficit in the game to single digits heading into the fourth quarter.
So with Nash once again experiencing lingering effects from his persistent nerve irritation issues, the Lakers must continue to handle the injury with caution in order to get the most of the 18-year veteran over the remainder of the season.
Watch below highlights of Nash’s return on Friday against the Wizards:
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