After spending most of his offseason fighting off persisting hamstring and back injuries, Lakers point guard Steve Nash just encountered another challenge.
A sore left ankle kept Nash out of the last three quarters of the Lakers-Kings preseason game Thursday against the Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Nash sat out the entire second quarter and then headed to the Lakers locker room after going scoreless on one field-goal attempt and posting two assists and one turnover in eight minutes, 34 seconds of play.
In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper for an upcoming story, the former Santa Clara star said following the team's morning shootaround that he had "tweaked" his left ankle shortly before training camp started two weeks ago. But he said he had healed the ankle since then and that the injury was never considered serious.
The Lakers have limited Nash in practices and games in hopes the 39-year-old point guard will stay healthy. He missed 32 games last season, for reasons including a fractured left leg and persisting hamstring and back issues.
Through two preseason games, Nash had averaged two points and 5.5 assists in 21.9 minutes. Lakers coach Mike D'Antini sat Nash out of the team's preseason opener to conserve his energy on the second night of a back-to-back game.