Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) talks with athletic trainer Gary Vitti after leaving the game against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Nash hopeful for game 1 vs Spurs

There is growing optimism surrounding the likelihood that Steve Nash could return for the Lakers first-round match up with the San Antonio Spurs.

Nash missed the final eight games of the regular season with what the Lakers referred to as ‘several preexisting injuries to his hip and back’.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Nash received two epidural injections to alleviate the pain in his hamstring.

“It really depends on whether the two epidurals work,” Nash said. “If they kick in, I have a good chance to play.”

According to Med Central, the long acting steroids of an epidural injection typically take two to five days to fully start working and it’s effects can last anywhere from a few days to several months.

Nash averaged 12.7 points and 6.7 assists in 50 games this season. His ability return will be play a huge role in shaping the Lakers forecast moving forward.

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