Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Nash injures back in practice

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Phoenix Suns starting point guard Steve Nash
was expected to be back in the lineup for Wednesday’s home game against
Memphis after missing two contests with a deep thigh bruise.

However, his return may be delayed after he suffered a back injury during
practice on Tuesday at America West Arena. After getting tangled up with
backup point guard Leandro Barbosa, the 30-year-old Nash experienced severe
back spasms and received an hour of treatment.

He will undergo further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury and
is listed as a game-time decision for the contest against the Grizzlies. In 37
games this season, Nash is averaging 15.3 points and a league-high 10.9
assists per contest.

Meanwhile, Barbosa left the arena on crutches, as he suffered a left ankle
sprain after stepping on Nash’s foot near the end of the practice session.
Barbosa was placed on the injured list Wednesday. He is averaging 5.6 points
over 30 contests this season.

In other news, the club signed guard Smush Parker to a 10-day contract.

The Suns (31-8) are back home after suffering through an 0-4 road trip.

PHO