Veteran star visited a specialist to receive diagnosis.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for at least two weeks after sustaining nerve root irritation in his back and hamstring.
The 39-year-old visited back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday to assess the extent of the injury, and it has been confirmed by the Lakers that he will now be sidelined for the next fortnight at the very least.
Coach Mike D’Antoni was forced to sit Nash during the 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, with the point guard failing to return to the game thereafter.
Nash has since revealed that it was “slowly getting worse and worse” as reported by ESPN, and will now be re-evaluated in 10 days to see whether or not he can return to practice.
It is another blow for the franchise with regards to injury as Kobe Bryant doesn’t appear to be any closer to a return to action in the more immediate future, and it continues to be a theme that the Lakers suffered from last year.
Nash is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists per game so far this season, but admitted that he hasn’t been playing at a high enough level which has ultimately started to effect his team’s results.
However, having missed 32 games last season he will be hopeful that he isn’t sidelined for too long with Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks likely to occupy the back-court for the Lakers against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
With the Lakers making a 3-5 start to the season, they will now be determined to continue to pick up wins while they await the return of their Hall-of-Fame team-mates who will hope to be fully healthy for the post-season push.