Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash felt his hip injury flare up during the first half of Game 2 against the Spurs, and now he will need to receive another epidural injection heading into Game 3 on Friday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. Nash has been dealing with nerve damage related to a right hip injury, and last week he took two epidural injections in his hamstring to prepare for the first two games of the team's NBA playoff series against San Antonio.
The veteran point guard logged 31 minutes in the Game 2 loss, and admitted after the game that he "tweaked" the injury during play and felt it get worse throughout the game (via ESPN):
"Unfortunately, I tweaked it in the first half," said Nash, who totaled nine points and six assists in 32 minutes Wednesday night. "I tried to keep going. It got worse as the game went on."
The Lakers are in a tough spot if Nash is less than 100 percent on Friday. The team in an 0-2 hole in the series, and fellow point guard Steve Blake strained his hamstring during Game 2. L.A.'s backcourt was thinned out due to injuries to Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks, so if Nash or Blake have any lingering issues the additional minutes will need to be split between less experienced players like Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock.
Game 3 at STAPLES Center is set for Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.