Steve Nash Injury: Suns' Point Guard Struggling With Bruised Rib

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against the New Orleans Hornets during the season openning NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, who has shot 7-29 over the last three games, is struggling with a bruised rib suffered in the team's opener.

If Steve Nash doesn't look right this season, it's because he's not: the Phoenix Suns' two-time MVP told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that he has been nursing a bruised rib for the first week of the season.

Nash apparently suffered the blow on a collision with the New Orleans Hornets' Greivis Vasquez in the Sun's opener on December 26. In the three games since, Nash has shot 7-29 from the field as Phoenix has gone 1-2. The Suns are 1-3 overall this season.

Nash told Coro the injury is affecting all facets of his performance.

Nash said it improves nightly with medication, but in each game he inevitably takes a blow to the left-rib-cage area and aggravates it. The intercostal muscles in the rib cage allow it to expand and drop during breathing.

"It's like I'm holding my breath a lot," Nash said. "I'm tired a lot. I'm bracing. It's not fun. It's definitely affected my shot and mobility."

If Nash needs to sit, the Suns do have Ronnie Price off of the bench. Phoenix has four games but no back-to-backs scheduled this week; sitting for one game could give Nash three full days of rest.

For more on the Suns, visit SB Nation Arizona and Bright Side Of The Sun.

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