Steve Nash will be out for 2 weeks due to a back injury. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
There has been speculation surrounding Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash. Nash has been dealing with back injuries this season. Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni has been monitoring Nash’s minutes, and has been given him the night off during back-to-back games.
Nash exited the game early during the Lakers 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves due to severe back pain. Nash was then scheduled to see a back specialist on Monday. The Lakers have announced that Nash was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins who diagnosed him with having nerve root irritation.
Nerve root irritation is a condition where a nerve becomes irritated by neighboring muscle/joint structures, normally at the point where muscle joints exit your spine at your neck or your lower back.
This condition most commonly occurs when a muscle adjacent to the nerve becomes swollen, inflame and or goes into spasm as a result of protective guarding and accumulative strain.
Nash’s treatment will include an epidural block that Nash will receive on Tuesday. Nash is expected to be out for two weeks at a minimum, but could possibly be out longer. He will be re-evaluated in a week and a half.
The 39-year old guard has struggled this season averaging just 6.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, which is a decrease from last season. The Lakers are currently 3-5, 4th in the Pacific Division.
The Lakers look to rebound with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night.