SAN ANTONIO — It took Steve Nash three weeks to return to this point, but he made it painstakingly clear that he’s far from fully healed from a sore right hamstring.
Nash only described his hamstring as “okay” after 16 points on only 6 of 15 shooting in the Lakers’ 91-79 Game 1 Sunday of their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center.
“I’m not myself. I’m not moving that well,” Nash said. “I was struggling a little bit. There were a few shots I would normally make.”
Will Nash feel healthy enough to play Wednesday in Game 2?
“I hope so,” Nash said. “You never know what happens tomorrow. I want to keep going. I’m hopeful I can keep going.”
Nash played 29 minutes in his first game since missing the previous eight contests. At times, Lakers guard Steve Blake took over point-guard duties while Nash played off-the-ball. It also remained clear Nash struggling setting Pau Gasol, whose 16 points on 7 of 16 shooting mostly came on jump shots.
Nash received an epidural shot Tuesday to improve the nerves surrounding his hamstring. But he said he’s not able to have another shot for three more weeks. But he sounded adamant about staying on the court so long as he’s medically cleared.
“It’s important to try and contribute,” Nash said. “We don’t have enough points in our lineup.”
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