Monday , Feb , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nash to miss All-Star game

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash will not play
in Sunday’s All-Star Game because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Nash has missed the Suns’ past three games and will also be held out of
Wednesday’s visit to Seattle, according to the Suns.

The two-time defending NBA MVP was voted to his fifth All-Star team on
February 1 along with teammates Shawn Marion and center Amare Stoudemire.

Nash will also miss the annual Skills Challenge on Saturday as well as
Sunday’s game, thus giving him two full weeks away from game conditions before
the Suns play again in a road date against the Los Angeles Clippers on
February 20.

Nash, however, will be in Las Vegas alongside fellow Western Conference injury
victims Yao Ming and Carlos Boozer. League rules stipulate that All-Stars must
be in attendance throughout All-Star Weekend even if they are injured and
require ongoing rehab treatments.

The 33-year-old Nash is averaging career-highs of 19.3 points and 11.8 assists
this season, the most in the league since John Stockton of Utah had 12.3 apg
in 1994-95.