UPDATE (October 15, 1:43 PM PST): According to Byron Scott, Steve Nash suffered another setback carrying his bags and did not practice according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
Nash hurt his back carrying bags today, Byron Scott said. Did not practice. Wouldn't count on him playing Thursday vs. Utah.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 15, 2014
On Sunday, Steve Nash sat out the second half in the 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors. While it was initially reported as Nash just resting, it was later revealed that the point guard is dealing with a “little sciatica problem” and his status for Thursday’s game is uncertain.
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At Tuesday’s practice, Nash did not practice and is dealing with similar issues he was having last season according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
Steve Nash did not practice today. Lakers described it as similar issues he was having last year.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) October 14, 2014
While head coach Byron Scott did not rule out Nash playing on Thursday, uncertainty surrounds the former two-time Most Valuable Player once again. As a result, Scott is considering starting Jeremy Lin at point guard according to Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan:
Lin might become the Lakers' starting PG instead of Nash, Byron Scott said. He's still weighing what to do with the situation.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 14, 2014
With Scott thinking Nash would be fine with a reserve role behind Lin, the change becomes a real possibility for the Lakers. While Lin has thrived playing at a different pace with the second unit, the Lakers only have one other point guard in Ronnie Price with Jordan Clarkson currently playing shooting guard.
After a strong summer of training and two preseason games, it will be interesting to see if Nash will be able to come back from this latest setback. Before the start of the season, Nash had already declared this would be his final season in the NBA.[divide]
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