Update: Nash will miss tonight’s game vs. Houston and may miss Wednesday vs. the Hornets as well. This might be the end of the Suns’ playoff hopes.
Maybe it was best that Steve Nash gave an interview in the tunnel to the locker room during some of the lower points in Sunday’s loss to the Magic. In a low, hushed voice (a stark contrast to the furious Nash we often see on the court when he has a…question for the referees), Nash attempted to describe his injury without going into too much detail on national television – possibly to prevent teams from practicing for a Phoenix team without its point guard, possible because of the delicate nature of the injury’s location.
Nash’s explanation left Jeff Van Gundy seemingly befuddled, though that struck me as Van Gundy having fun during an otherwise bland broadcast. Unfortunately for the Suns, tonight’s game against Houston may feature Aaron Brooks in his first start against his former team – an equally perplexing proposition. Steve Nash, according to multiple sources, is 50/50 to doubtful to play with what is officially being called “pelvic instability” (though Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic continues to refer to the injury as “pubic symphisis irritation”).
This is no indictment of Brooks, who played well in Sunday’s first half – 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 7 assists. However, without Nash’s play-making, the Magic adjusted at halftime and held the Suns to 36 points combined in the third and fourth quarter. The Suns ended the third by missing 12 straight field goal attempts.
The Suns remain without Channing Frye as well, who is recovering from a separated shoulder suffered against the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday.