Lakers' Steve Nash to receive epidural

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will receive an epidural in his right hamstring today, an injection the veteran is hoping will allow him to play with less pain in Game 3, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.

"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."


This will be the third epidural Nash has received in just over a week. He continues to battle hip and hamstring injuries that sidelined him through the end of the regular season and have hampered him into the playoffs.

Nash is specifically dealing with nerve damage that was the result of a hip injury sustained last month. He's a shell of his former self, which can somewhat be expected considering he's 39 years old. Still, there's clearly some health issues involved. While Nash played 31 minutes in the Lakers' Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he was doing so with a noticeable limp by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.

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