Nash Gashed; Suns Eclipsed

San Antonio veterans seize opportunity, break home-court advantage in Phoenix
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2007 11:20 PM CDT
Nash Gashed; Suns Eclipsed
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 basketball game in Phoenix Sunday, May 6, 2007. The Spurs won 111-106. (AP Photo/Matt York)   (Associated Press)

(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. (Read more NBA stories.)

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