The Lakers hit another sour note, and it goes beyond their 92-86 loss SUnday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.
Steve Nash left midway through the third quarter after experiencing nerve irritation in his left leg.
Nash suffered the same damage last season when he fractured his left leg Oct. 31, 2012 against the Portland, an injury that sidelined him for 24 games. The subsequent nerve damage eventually affected his back and hamstrings, sidelining him for eight games, including two playoff appearances. He had just played in the past two games following a three-month rehab surrounding the nerve irritation in his back, which kept him out for all but six games. The Lakers plan to reevaluate Nash on Monday.
Nash showed visible signs of discomfort after committing a turnover with nine minutes left in the third quarter. But he didn’t leave until the 5:18 mark, ending with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two assists in 22 minutes.
Nash had displayed encouraging signs during his two-game stint, including a 19-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting and five assists in the Lakers’ win Friday in Philadelphia.
Nash has played only nine games this season, leaving it possible that the Lakers could benefit financially from his absence. If he doesn’t play another game, the Lakers wouldn’t have the final year of Nash’s contract counted against their cap.
The Lakers (18-33) received some positive contributions from Chris Kaman (27 points), Jordan Hill (15 points) and Kendall Marshall (13 points). But that wasn’t enough to snap their two-game winning streak. They also came within striking distance of netting their third consecutive win. But with the Lakers trailing 88-84, Steve Blake committed a costly turnover.
Nash’s setback also contributed to the team’s never-ending injured list that includes Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Pau Gasol (strained right groin), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and Jordan Farmar (left hamstring). None are expected to return until sometime after next week’s All-Star break.
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