We’ve detailed before that Steve Nash is battling a lot of heath issues still, is going to sit out some back-to-backs, and in general all of this worries the Lakers. It shouldn’t be a shock, he is 39 about to turn 40 this season with 17 years of the NBA grind wearing down on his body. A step back is expected, the only question is how big?
The result through three games (he sat out one Lakers game) have been very big — 7 points a game on 29.2 shooting, plus 5.3 assists per game. Not very Nash-like numbers.
“I’m still fighting things that happened because of the broken leg,” Nash said. “I still feel that almost every day, all over. It’s not just in that spot. The whole system in a way is different now, it’s just a little bit more sensitive.”
Nash played much better Sunday in the Lakers win over the Hawks than he did in the first couple games. Maybe he can play his way into shape.
The Lakers really need him to as the up-and-down squad trys to find some consistency. They will count on Nash to give them that. We’ll see if he can still deliver.
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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