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Steve Nash to be out at least two weeks with back pain

Nov 11, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

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It was obvious Steve Nash‘s nerve issues in his back were serious Sunday night. You could tell by how he limped and grimaced on the court. And you could tell by his deflated demeanor after the game in which he only played 13 minutes.

Tuesday he went and saw a specialist and he will be out at least two weeks — and that’s at a minimum, the team announced. Here is what the Lakers officially released on Monday night.

“Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was examined today by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, who diagnosed Nash as having nerve root irritation. Treatment will include an epidural block, which Nash is expected to receive tomorrow, and Nash is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two weeks. He will be re-evaluated in approximately ten days, and an update will be given at that time.”

Don’t be shocked if this is more than two weeks.

This is the same nerve issue that kept Nash out during the end of the regular season and the playoffs, a nerve in his back with pain that radiates down into the leg he broke last season. The epidural being given here will help mask the pain but does not necessarily get at the root cause, that will come with treatment.

Nash was very frustrated Sunday night with the inability to get past this injury.

“It’s tough. I shouldn’t even really talk about it, it’s emotional,” Nash said after the Lakers were blown out by the Timberwolves. “It’s hard, I really want to play and play the way I’m accustomed to playing, and to be so limited is frustrating. And to not know where a cleanish bill of health is, is a little daunting, too.”

Without Nash the Lakers will lean heavily on Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar at the point.

  1. apkyletexas - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Anyone still believe Howard was wrong to leave this horrific excuse for an NBA roster?

    What were the Laker critics saying – Nash wouldn’t last 10 games before the injury bug hit? Right on schedule.

    • basketballgod87 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      only lakers fans

    • richardleefine - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I don’t think Dwight was wrong to Leave the Lakers to play with far less pressure and for more money in Houston ( yes he’s making more money in Houston being that its one of the 7 States with no income tax, along with the massive boost from partnering with Yao in China) being surrounded by a group who has never achieved greatness in the league yet makes sense for Dwight as well, he can act a fool to his hearts content, no one will call him out. What’s wrong was playing with no heart in L.A making ridiculous demands behind players/coaches backs, shooting 36% from the line and generally disrespecting Lakers teams and fans a like for an entire season.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I saw that Nash was going to play out his contract so couldn’t the Lakers use the stretch provision in the CBA to stretch out his final years salary over two years to create more cap space if they need it?

  3. fearthehoody - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    LA’s JV team proving all the critics right!
    LA is a Clippers town for the last 3 years and counting!

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      And yet still no one in LA cares about the Clippers.

      • k3nn3k - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Funny…Clippers attendance for home games is higher than Laker attendance last season, and year-to-date this season. Seems like more people care about the Clippers than you think huh?

      • Kurt Helin - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        That is a configuration issue. The Lakers had sold out every game for seven years… until this week.

      • fearthehoody - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Funny, Year and a half of consecutive sell outs (And still counting) plus higher tv ratings locally and nationally than the Lakers.

        Clipper Reign! Clipps run LA!!

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        “higher tv ratings locally than the Lakers”

        lol. no.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        “Funny…Clippers attendance for home games is higher than Laker attendance last season, and year-to-date this season. Seems like more people care about the Clippers than you think huh?”

        I’ve been to several Clippers games in the past few years. They are much cheaper than Lakers games. Don’t go to root for the Clippers and really only go to see NBA games at an affordable price.

  4. JHathwell - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Considering how Nash had played this season, this is actually good news. Farmar has been great, so more minutes is fine with me.

    If Nash can rest up and get healthy then this will turn into a pleasant surprise.

  5. bucrightoff - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Should have amnestied Kobe and gone all in for a top 3 pick. The Lakers could use a Juluis Randle or Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. Roster is too old, too injured and too untalented. Need some youth and versatility in there. Now Kobe’s gonna come back to help them finish 10th. Seems like a waste.

  6. lakerade - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I feel bad for Nash, he still loves playing. I don’t feel bad for the Lakers, this helps in the long run by speeding up the process. Sure brings into question D’Antoni’s hiring yet again.

  7. 00maltliquor - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    This may be good for the team. Farmar NEEDS more minutes and hey, Steve Flake is playing half-decent b ball this time around. I can’t even hate on him right now.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Old age is a bitch is it not?

  9. shuttaman1990 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’m Canadian, and I love Nash.
    But it’s time for him to sign his sick and flabby papers. He’s done.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    That’s it. We need a 30 for 30 on the Phoenix Suns’ training staff… NOW! Everybody who plays in Phoenix has a career resurrection (Grant Hill, Nash, Shaq) and everybody who leaves falls apart (Grant Hill, Nash, Amare). I’ve read how they try to prevent injuries before but we need to go deeper.

  11. sfsugator - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Worst trade in lakers history for all the picks they gave up and 3 year 27mil ouch. Good one jimmy

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