LA Lakers veteran Steve Nash has confirmed that he is not expecting to play in tonight’s clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the past two games the 40-year-old has started for Mike D’Antoni’s side, only to be forced off with recurring issues to do with his nerve irritation problem.
Nash has only managed to play ten times this year, and had to be replaced after only 16 minutes during the loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
And, despite the fact that he was able to start in that fixture following his injury two days earlier against the Chicago Bulls, the point-guard has revealed that he won’t be repeating the feat again tonight.
“I don't think I'll play tomorrow," Nash said yesterday from the team's practice facility in El Segundo.
And the crocked Lakers star admitted that he probably wouldn’t have played at all against the Jazz, had the team not been so undermanned.
“I just wanted to see if I could play and help a little bit because we had so few guys," Nash said.
"I would have pulled myself if we had a full roster, or even another guy or two. We just don't have that luxury, and I felt bad for the guys to bail on them with such a short bench."
The likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar are all out the Lakers, and so Nash’s revelation will be something that fans have become used to.