Steve Nash Eye Injury: Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns Advance
Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs: Steve Nash Stitches On Eye - Suns to Face Lakers in NBA Western Conference Finals.
Steve Nash with an injured eye, almost sealed shut because of stitches is still better than most NBA point guards with two good eyes. And it was the one-eyed Nash who lead the Phoenix Suns over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with a 107-101 victory.
Steve Nash combined with the strong inside play of Amar'e Stoudemire set the tone for the Sun's dominance early but then came an errant Tim Duncan elbow, a heft elbow indeed that struck Nash above the eye.
Six stitches, eye swollen shut , Canadian Steve Nash unleashed his inner hockey player and dished out 5 assists and scored 10 points in 12 minutes to help seal the victory for the Phoenix Suns.
"He looks great, doesn't he?" Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson said.
"Steve Nash can play basketball in his sleep," Stoudemire said.
In the 2007 NBA playoffs Steve Nash's nose was injured after a collision with the Spur's Tony Parker but the Suns lost that series. In 2010 NBA playoffs, different body part injured, and different outcome for Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns.
I've lost to these guys a lot and we had a great opportunity," Nash said. "You don't get many cracks like this. I just wanted to give what I could for my teammates."
Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn't help but be happy for Nash.
"He's been waiting to get this done and I couldn't be happier for a class, class, class guy," Popovich said. "I hate him, but he's classy
The last time the Phoenix Suns were in the NBA finals was 1993. This year they will have to get through Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to get there.