Steve Nash participated in half-court five-on-five in practice with the Lakers on Friday, his first practice since being sidelined with hip and hamstring soreness during a brief appearance against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 30.
The veteran guard said he's hopeful he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.
"Mentally, I'm chomping at the bit. Physically, I'm getting there,” Nash said. “I'm very optimistic that I'll play on Sunday. I just don't want to over-promise and get ahead of myself."
Nash said he’s not pain-free but that he feels "less inhibited."
"I couldn't sprint," he said. "There was too much inhibition from the nerve. It was just shutting me down whenever I tried to cover some ground. That's why I couldn't play the last few weeks, it's hard to play an NBA game if you can't change ends of the floor."