Paul Coro reported on twitter and Brett Pollakoff wrote on Pro Basketball Talk that Alvin Gentry said Steve Nash will be a game time decision for Sunday’s game against Orlando – the first game between the two teams since the trade between the two teams that brought Marcin Gortat and the living dead to the desert.
Nash has been playing through pubic symphysis irritation, a painful groin injury which has limited his mobility and largely prevented him from staying in front of the Denver point guards in Phoenix’ blowout loss on Friday night.
The distinct possibility that Nash may not play (or may play at less than 100%) makes the already daunting task of defeating the Magic even more formidable. With 19 games to go and the Suns 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the 8th seed after Memphis’ loss to Miami on Saturday afternoon, each loss is a setback for Phoenix’ playoff hopes.
But you can’t win them all, and against a team like Orlando, it might be smart to cut your losses and rest Nash. I’d rather see Nash healthy for games in which the Suns are more likely to be competitive, like Monday night in Houston and Wednesday on New Orleans. Those games are more likely to impact the race for the postseason in the west than Hedo Turkoglu’s return to Phoenix.
Speaking of Hedo, Jason Richardson took to twitter to teasingly ask Jared Dudley, Grant Hill, Hakim Warrick, and Steve Nash what the likelihood is that Suns fans will boo the Michael Jordan of Turkey:
At the very least, Lon Babby will probably applaud.
An injured Nash was far from the only contributor to the Suns’ defensive deficiencies against Denver, as Mike Schmitz over at Valley of the Suns demonstrates in another one of his great video breakdowns. If you’re not regularly checking out Schmitz and the other great analysts at VotS, remedy that immediately!