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With the Phoenix Suns adhering to their playoff lives in the Western Conference, star point guard Steve Nash insists his back feels “the best it’s felt in a 10 years.”

Nash, who turned 38-year-old in Feb, further said in a phone interview before Tues. night’s game in Sacramento he’s going to “sign for 3 more years this summer” and play beyond his 40th birthday when he anything inks a new contract to remain with the Phoenix Suns or finds a new team via free agency. Basketball odds

Nash explained he’s expecting the Phoenix Suns to try to make those improvements, but that he’s anticipating becoming a independent agent and choosing where to continue his career.

Responding to a paper report in Tuesday’s editions which described the disposition of Nash’s back as “bad as it has ever been,” Nash strongly discarded such thoughts. He expressed great satisfaction with the way his health has held up through the pains of a lockout-compacted schedule that called for 66 regular-season games in a span of around 120 days. Basketball spreads

“It’s been my greatest year physically from start to end in a long time,” Nash claimed. “Other than a little tweak (last week) against San Antonio, my back’s been close to 100%.”

The newspaper report noted that Nash has taken more than 8 shots only a single time in his past 10 games and highlighted back problems as why Nash’s field-goal attempts are down.

Nash, though , claims the overpowering awareness he gets from opposing defenses — on a team with no scorer adept at making his very own shot and no one averaging more than center Marcin Gortat’s 16.1 points per game – is the only consideration keeping his shot totals in single digits.

“Perhaps I could be more assertive hunting for my shot, but every team we play traps me (frequently) or (jumps) out hard at me on the pick-and-roll,” Nash expounded. “So my thinking is, ‘Get it out of my hands as fast as is possible and it’s four on 3 or 3 on 2 for my squad.’ It seems to be working.

We’ve been playing a lot better (since the All-Star break. I’m not just going to be causing up shots to improve my numbers.”

In spite of the fresh back “tweak” he discussed, Nash logged 35 minutes on Sunday in a home win over New Orleans. Nash tallied 14 assists to go with 4 points toward to keep his edge on Boston’s Rajon Rondo for the NBA assist lead. According to a statistics services source, it was the 3rd time in a span of 10 days that both Nash and Rondo notched at least 14 assists on the same day.

Nash has missed just 4 games this season for the Suns (26-26) and is averaging 12.7 points and 11.3 assists. The 2-time former MVP was named an All-Star in February for the 8th time in his 16-year career. The moment, he was leading the NBA in assists per game.

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