Steve Nash won’t play against Memphis

Though Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he hasn’t experienced any setbacks, Lakers guard Steve Nash will miss his second consecutive game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies because of his strained right hamstring and right hip spasm.

“He was hoping,” D’Antoni said. “But it’s not quite ready.”

D’Antoni added Nash will be a game-time decision when the Lakers play Sunday in a designated road game against the Clippers at Staples Center.

Nash sat out of the Lakers’ win Tuesday over the Dallas Mavericks, a good portion of the Lakers’ previous two games beforehand. Lakers guard Steve Blake will start in Nash’s place and has averaged double digits in the past two games. But the Lakers want him back for obvious reasons. The Lakers (39-36) only have a half-game lead over the Utah Jazz (39-37) for the eighth playoff spot.

Would the Lakers rest Nash if they had a firmer playoff cushion?

“Then you worry about him getting out of rhythm,” D’Antoni said. “When a guy is healthy, I think they should play. When they’re not, they shouldn’t.”

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