Nash Gashed; Suns Eclipsed

San Antonio veterans seize opportunity, break home-court advantage in Phoenix
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 6, 2007 11:20 PM CDT
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash has his nose attended to by the team trainer after running into San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker during the fourth quarter of an NBA Western Conference semifinal round playoff...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – Bleeding copiously, wiry Canadian heartthrob Steve Nash was forced to the sidelines in the final minute of the semifinals opener against San Antonio, and Phoenix wilted without their go-to scorer.  Nash's nose collided with the forehead of rival point guard and Frenchman Tony Parker, who scored 32 points.  Tim Duncan topped with 33 and 16 boards.

According to an NBA rule written in 1991, when Lakers star Magic Johnson revealed that he was HIV-positive, bleeding players are not permitted on the court.  Nash made two shots between the collision and the refs sending him to the bench.  Parker continued to play with a visible welt on his head.