MILWAUKEE — Just what the Lakers need.
That goes beyond Kobe Bryant having a bone spur in his left foot and a sprained left ankle. Lakers guard Steve Nash couldn’t even finish the Lakers’ 113-103 loss Thursday to the Milwaukee Bucks because of a “hip spasm” that stemmed from the past two games against Golden State and Minnesota.
“I got a spasm in my hip and a [sore] hamstring,” said Nash, who scored 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting and six assists.
He went to the locker room with 5:13 left in the third quarter to receive treatment from team physical therapist Judy Seto, moment after opening the second half with an uncharacteristic three turnovers. Although Nash returned to the court, he sat out the entire fourth quarter.
“I thought I could get through this game,” said Nash, who said he “hopes” he can play Saturday vs. Sacramento. “I was suffering in the second half, but I wanted to keep playing.”
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and trainer Gary Vitti opted not to play him, Nash said, out of fear it “could cause long term damage.”
“I didn’t have the heart to go back in,” D’Antoni said. “But that wasn’t fair to him. He was hurting.
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