Posted by Art Garcia
PHOENIX – Steve Nash needed to perform some on-court facial relocation to finish off Suns’ 118-109 win over the Lakers tonight. A collision with Derek Fisher with 19 seconds left — Fisher was swiping at the ball and was called for a foul — displaced cartilage in Nash’s nose.
Nash initially thought he might have broken his nose, but there wasn’t any bleeding and his breathing wasn’t impacted. It was just out of place. He pinched it back himself before heading to the line to sink two free throws.
“I bent the cartilage in there,” Nash said after his postgame press conference. “I straightened out there on the court. I don’t think it’s broken. I think it’s just bruised.”
Nash finished with 17 points and 15 assists. The Suns closed the gap in the Western Conference finals to 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night back at US Airways Center.
UPDATE: The Suns released the following Monday:
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash this morning was seen by Suns general otolaryngology doctor (ear, nose and throat), Dr. Ryan Rehl. Nash was diagnosed with a minimally displaced nasal fracture with displaced cartilage. He will undergo a minor reduction, putting the nose back in place, later today.
Nash will practice with the team today and will not miss any time.