Steve Nash Hopes to be Ready for Playoffs
Kobe Bryant won’t be joining the Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason, but there is growing optimism Steve Nash will be on the court as early as Sunday’s playoff opener against the San Antonio Spurs.
A strained right hamstring and hip soreness forced Nash to miss the final eight games of the regular season, including Wednesday’s 99-95 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. The win gave the Lakers the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed and a first-round matchup with their old rival, the Spurs.
Nash said he had two epidural injections in his lower back on Tuesday, which has begun to alleviate his hamstring pain. The Lakers announced Tuesday an MRI exam confirmed Nash is dealing with “several preexisting issues related to his hip and back, which are causing nerve irritation and contributing to his hamstring pain and weakness.”