The Los Angeles Lakers' worst nightmares are coming true. They knew it was a risk to have so many older players, some of whom have had past injuries, and some who haven't, but it seems like the ailments are coming up, and Steve Nash is one of the victims.
After suffering a leg injury earlier in the season, Nash's back problems have surfaced. After the game against the Trailblazers, he said:
"I tweaked my back in the first quarter and it kept locking up. It was tight the whole game and I couldn't get the mobility. When the ball got kicked out to me, and I didn't feel comfortable catching and shooting it because I was backing into it and I felt stiff, so I just tried to take my guy one on one and get deep and get a little fadeaway off — and I was able to knock it in."
Today the Lakers have an early game against the Dallas Mavericks, who haven't played the best basketball, but are just behind the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.
Luckily, Nash has proven to be pretty tough, and despite the back issue will likely play similarly to how he did against the Blazers.
Even though he's one of the best shooters on the team, Nash doesn't attempt too many jumpers, so there's no need to worry about that aspect of the game being thrown off, although it's something he was starting to do more recently. He didn't say the injury was affecting his ability to facilitate, so that's a bit of good news.
Hopefully the day of rest helped him out, and he'll be back to normal.