Steve Nash hurts left knee against Blazers

Steve Nash hurts left knee against Blazers
November 1, 2012, 12:27 am
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith, left, looks for help as Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, middle, and Steve Nash defend during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) In just his second game with the Los Angeles Lakers, veteran guard Steve Nash injured his left knee against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Nash appeared to bump knees with Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard late in the first half Wednesday night and limped off the court. He was helped to the locker room.

The Lakers initially reported the injury was not serious and Nash was able to play. But just 1:16 into the second half it was clear he was struggling and he headed back to the locker room.

The exact nature of the injury was not known. Nash was replaced by Steve Blake.

Nash had two points and four assists against the Blazers.