Last night Steve Nash exited the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-90 defeat versus the Minnesota Timberwolves due to back pain and will visit Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, today.
According to Los Angeles’ coach Mike D’Antoni he had to puull Nash from the game with 1:42 remaining in the second quarter. YouWager experts confirm that the point guard did not make it back to the court, finishing with two points and three assists in 13 minutes.
D’Antoni, who began coaching the 39 year-old in 2003-04 with the Phoenix Suns, said he was trying to spare his longtime point guard.
Nash entered the game averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 assists this NBA season while shooting just 27.6 percent from the field.
The South Africa native played in just six of the Lakers’ first eight games, sitting out both times during the second night of a back-to-back in a plan devised by D’Antoni in hopes of preserving the 18-year veteran for the long haul.
According to Nash, he is still having a hard time with nerve issues stemming from the broken left leg he suffered last season that caused him to miss 32 games.
The 2x NBA Most Valuable Player missed the Lakers’ final two playoff games in the first round versus the San Antonio Spurs last season, unable to play even while receiving three epidural injections in his right hamstring in the span of a week to try to get back on the court.