SAN ANTONIO – Steve Nash had a painful Monday, the day after he played his first game in almost a month.
Nevertheless, he took part completely in the Los Angeles Lakers' light practice at Texas Military Institute. He said afterward he is dealing with a "fair amount" of discomfort and isn't "moving like normal" as he recovers from hip and hamstring injuries.
Grinning and bearing it, Nash, expects to play in Game 2 of the Lakers' opening round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Nash missed the last eight games of the Lakers' regular season. The 39-year-old also missed 24 games with a broken left leg from Nov. 2-Dec. 18, and believes effects of it contributed to his current hamstring and hip problems.
He finished the regular season averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 assists. The 50 regular-season games Nash played this season was the least he's suited up for in his career in an 82-game season (he played 40 in the lockout shortened 1998-99 season). The 17-year NBA veteran had missed only 17 games the previous five seasons combined.
"It's been a tough year," Nash said. "I haven't missed many games in my career. What's frustrating is I obviously don't want to break my leg at the start of the year. It really took me until a couple months ago until I figured out how I could fit into this team and to get healthy. Seven weeks off, two practices and then playing. You never quite get that feeling back. It's frustrating that I finally started to feel a place within the mix and healthy.
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