Of course it had to happen like this.
The latest piece of an incomprehensible
Nash experienced nerve irritation in his left knee, the same place where he sustained a fracture last season. He later said the nerve was "on fire" when he was kneed by Bulls guard
Nash left for good with five minutes to go in the third quarter at
"I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing at all," Nash said after his third game back from almost three months of inactivity because of
Nash initially hurt his left knee in October 2012 when he collided with Portland guard
He had eight points and two assists in 22 minutes against Chicago, throwing some behind-the-back passes and making three of four shots before leaving.
Nash also felt soreness in his back Sunday, the result of trying to limp through his sore knee, essentially throwing his whole body out of whack.
"It's all connected," Lakers Coach
Nash has played only nine games this season, a semi-important number in the Lakers' financial world. If a doctor eventually determines that the only cure for his chronic back pain is retirement, and an
In no way has Nash appeared ready to retire despite turning 40 last Friday. He actually played well on his birthday against Philadelphia, collecting 19 points and five assists in a Lakers victory.
Meanwhile, there was a game Sunday against Chicago. And the end of a two-game winning streak.
The Lakers tried just about everything with their nine players who suited up — including a stretch with three point guards on the court at the same time — but it didn't stop them from falling to 18-33.
"Chris is a very good offensive player and there's no reason why he can't score as long as we keep the middle open and play to his strengths," D'Antoni said.
Among the starters,
Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago (25-25), which played its final game on a six-game road trip.
Above all, there was one continual slice of reality. Nash's pain is par for the Lakers' terrain this season.
"That is frustrating for sure, to get hurt on the exact spot that's giving me a lot of trouble," Nash said. "I can overcome this, hopefully, on short order."