Lakers' fans appear to be getting an early look at Steve Nash's trademark grit.
The veteran point guard, who had epic encounters against the Lakers as a member of the Phoenix Suns, is a game-time decision for tonight's home game against the Clippers at Staples Center.
Nash reportedly skipped the Lakers' morning shoot around, to undergo treatment on the contusion on the lower portion of his left leg. He suffered the injury in the second quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nash was expected to miss Friday's game after being listed as "doubtful," but could be fit enough to receive some minutes. He was on the court for 16 minutes against the Blazers, and returned to play some of the third quarter after sitting out the final minutes of the first half.
"It doesn't look good, but they have not ruled him out yet," said head coach Mike Brown.
Nash has gotten off to a poor start in the first two games of the season. In 50 total minutes, he has converted just four shots on 12 attempts for a total of nine points, and has just eight assists.
The 38-year-old has a reputation for being a hard-nosed player who is capable of playing through pain. While with the Suns, he famously played with a broken nose during the 2010 Playoffs against the Lakers.
The Lakers expect Nash to bring a new dynamic to the Lakers offense.
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