MILWAUKEE — The Lakers have discovered the hard way that any slight awkward movement or contact can instantly unravel the never-ending work Steve Nash devotes to heal the nerve irritation in his back and hamstring.
Unsurprisingly, he declared himself out of the Lakers’ two game trip that included a XX win Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks followed by another game Friday in Minnesota.
“Hopefully in the next week I’ll be able to play,” said Nash, who then joked that he should expedite his timetable so he can play before Jordan Farmar returns from a strained right groin that has sidelined him for the past four games.
Farmar said the Lakers will reevaluate him shortly after returning to the Los Angeles this weekend and could return as early as later next week so that he can practice. But Farmar only has clearance to complete light jogging and shooting drills in what he called a “controlled” setting.
Farmar’s issues are not as serious as Nash, who has only played 11 games this season. But Farmar has missed a combined 34 games because of hamstring and groin injuries that he said are all related.
“Over time, my pelvis has shifted,” Farmar told this newspaper. “It puts a lot of tension on other parts of my body. I’m really focused on what they call a neutral position in taking that load off my body. It’ll put a strain on a hamstring, a quad or a groin.”
It hasn’t helped that the Lakers have faced countless injuries, particularly to their backcourt in Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Nash (back) and Steve Blake (hyperextended right knee), who missed 36 games before being traded last month to Golden State.
“A lot of times people will say to train and just push through fatigue. But if I’m fatigued, I go to my default position,” Farmar said. There’s not a lot of time to figure it out during the season. I have to practice get my wind back, get in shape and I have to get back out there. But I’m not overly concerned about it.”
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