Everyone expected that injuries might be a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers, but nobody saw it coming this early in the season. Over the course of an 82-game schedule, sure, things happen. Guys wear down. And when your starting lineup boasts four players who are over the age of 30, the likelihood of someone getting hurt only increases.
Two games in, though? That’s not good.
Steve Nash, 38, suffered a lower left leg contusion during the Lakers’ Wednesday night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He tried to return to the game later on, however, he was still visibly bothered by injury and had to sit down.
Afterward Nash indicated that his status for this Friday’s showdown between the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers was questionable.
"I guess I wouldn't want to say right now (whether he will play) but I'm definitely hopeful," Nash said (via ESPN).
When asked why he had to leave the game after initially returning, the two-time MVP explained that he underestimated how much his leg would hurt.
"It was sore but I went out to try and play and then I planted on it and it just kind of gave out on me," Nash said. "It was sore and functionally I couldn't plant on it, or push off on it, or accelerate.”
Team doctors will check Nash out today, and we will probably get a clearer picture on whether or not he will play after that. Stay tuned.