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Steve Nash: Could Be Playing with Spinal Stress Fracture

Posted on May 22, 2006 at 7:10 AM

NEWS UPDATE

Nash talked about a stress fracture in his spine called spondylolisthesis, a condition in which his vertebra slips and triggers a nerve to tighten his hamstring, the Arizona Republic reports.

ROTOWIRE FANTASY ANALYSIS

The root of the ailment is spondylolsis, a stress fracture in a vertebra that is a common cause of back pain in young athletes. Nash has battled the problem since 1998. "If I'm not at my best, there are still ways to win," Nash said. "I haven't been my best this series but I think pretty serviceable. So it's not like something where I have to go into Plan B and cut one of my legs off. I've just got to play a little better and get some of my athleticism back."

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