Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/13
The latest installment was unveiled in the Steve Nash Injury Watch. It's "very possible" the 39-year-old point guard will sit out the second night of season-opening back-to-back games, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Sunday. Somewhere you can hear Nash's fantasy value drop. More important to the Lakers is real-life value and what they can squeeze out of him this season, which begins Tuesday against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State. Nash looked solid in off-season scrimmages before training camp but since then hadn't completed a full practice because of nagging ankle and neck soreness. It's not uncommon for aging players to sit out a night in back-to-back situations. San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich has done it with veterans Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. But the Lakers didn't envision this when they sent four draft picks (two first-round, two second) to Phoenix for Nash last year. Sitting one of two nights might be part of the program for Nash. The Lakers have 19 back-to-back sets. "We'll see where we are in the schedule, where we are in the standings," D'Antoni said. "The idea is to … keep the minutes consistent for him, but the number of games comes down." Nash averaged four points and 3.6 assists in exhibition play. He is under contract through 2014-15. Fortunately for the Lakers, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar played pretty well in the exhibition season. "Those guys both bring a lot of energy to the table," said forward Chris Kaman. "They know they're going to be coming in and out of the lineups and trying to help Steve do the best they can." Farmar averaged 13 points and five assists in exhibition play, and Blake averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 assists.
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