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Steve Nash likely to return Wednesday against New Orleans

Mar 15, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

Steve Nash

Without Steve Nash the last two games, the Suns offense has looked like the preverbal chicken with its head cut off. Sure, plenty of running around but without any direction or understanding. It was ugly. The Suns, who average 109.4 points per 100 possessions on the season, were under 100 for both games.

Wednesday they should get him back, Nash said he wants to be with the team for a final playoff push, according to the Arizona Republic.

“I expect to play on Wednesday,” Nash said. “Aaron (Nelson, Suns head athletic trainer) just thought it was best to get these two (game) days and then you get another day. We can hopefully not have setbacks with the extra days.”

He has pubic symphysis irritation — an inflammation of the joint at the front of the pelvis, a joint that really isn’t supposed to move. Nash said he had to retrain his movements to lessen the inflammation.

The Suns take on Chris Paul and the Hornets Wednesday. We want a CP3/Nash matchup, so he had better not back out now after getting our hopes up.

The Suns are 2.5 games out of the eighth seed in the West, but all the teams locked in ahead of them (Memphis at No. 8, also Denver and Portland) are not coming back to the pack. The Suns are going to need a big run of wins to make the playoffs. They are going to need a healthy Nash, and a lot more.

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