Steve Nash to Play Versus Spurs in Game 1
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash plans to play in Game 1 of the team’s playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but is relying on Head Coach Mike D’Antoni to pull him if his level of play isn’t up to par.
“He’s got to coach this team to win the game and if I’m not helping, and I’m not capable, he’s got to get me out,” Nash said. “Bottom line: There’s no time to be sentimental or to give me too long of a leash. If I can’t get it done, I shouldn’t be out there.”
Nash missed the Lakers’ final eight games of the regular season with an injured right hip, hamstring and lower back. The 17-year veteran received two epidurals this week to try to alleviate the pain and attempted to sprint for the first time in weeks at the team’s practice Saturday before it flew to San Antonio.