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Steve Nash playing with bruised rib

Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:38 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:44 am
By Matt Moore

Steve Nash is nursing a bruised rib he sustained against the New Orleans Hornets, which has affected his mobility and shot-making, according to the Arizona Republic.

Nash injured the rib in a collision with point guard Greivis Vasquez last week, and it's impacted him in just about every phase of the game. Nash is playing through it, but admits:
"It's like I'm holding my breath a lot," Nash said. "I'm tired a lot. I'm bracing. It's not fun.

"It's definitely affected my shot and mobility."
via Suns' Steve Nash nursing a bruised rib.

Shot-makng in particular has suffered, not just for Nash, but the entire Suns team, the Republic notes, as the Suns are shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. For an offense-mostly team, that's just not going to cut it.

The problems extend far from there, though. Marcin Gortat has been fine, but will never be a focal point of an offense. Grant Hill has too many miles on him to carry the load, and no other Sun has or can step up. It's really all on Nash, and the burden is literally too much for him.

The Suns are in freefall right now, and Nash can't grab on to anything to pull them back up because he has one hand on an injured rib.

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:00 pm

Steve Nash playing with bruised rib

I am a die hard Suns fan and we all knew the time was going to come when the Suns were going to fall out of the elite tier of teams. It has been that way for two years now. Nash is still a great point guard but he doesn't have that go to player (Stoudemire) to turn it up when he needs it. The Suns have good but not great players that make for a team that is dangerous on any given night but not for an entire season. Phoenix fans love Nash and he is the face of the franchise but like the team, Nash is only going to be with us for a short while (trade, retirement, or free agency). I will enjoy having him on the Suns but if the Suns stuggle continues by mid-season, I think they need to move him and Grant Hill and try to get some young pieces and picks (deep 2012 draft!) and use all the money they will have to build back quickly. Marcin is a good center to have in your core so that's a start. Channing Frye and Jared Duduley would be great off the bench.

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