Steve Nash will sit out when the Lakers play tonight against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, marking the sixth consecutive game he will miss because of persisting soreness in his right hamstring.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Nash “hopefully” could play Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs, but the team is currently listing Nash as day to day. Nash has said most of the pain centers around his hamstring, partially because of nerve issues.
The Lakers (42-37) have a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz (41-38) for the Western Conference’s eighth playoff spot with two games remaining. Is optimistic does D’Antoni believe Nash will play at all before the regular season ends next Wednesday against Houston?
“Yeah I am,” D’Antoni said. “Whether that’s blind optimism, I don’t know. But I think he’s that close.”
Lakers guard Steve Blake will start in Nash’s place. Blake has averaged 9.16 points on 45.2 percent shooting and 2.83 assists during Nash’s absence.
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