The Canadian Cyclops was on some serious triple optics tonight. Put out one of his eyes and he’s still got two — put out the second one and he can still see you.
Here’s the carnage as it unfolded from (1) the initial injury, (2) the return after six stitches, and (3) the final, post-game swollen-shut look. Truly unbelievable performance from Steve, who finished with 20 points on 8/15 shooting (3/3 from three), 9 assists and 4 boards.
UPDATE: Here’s some fourth quarter statistical info courtesy of Trey Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie that helps further show how great Steve is sans depth perception:
[Nash had] 10 fourth quarter points in a close-out game against the Suns’ rivals … and five assists for good measure. If you’re scoring at home, that’s 40 points and 20 assists per 48 minutes, so maybe Nash playing with one eye could be a strategy Phoenix could use in the Western Conference finals. Just throwing it out there.
Derek Fisher probably cried himself to sleep last night.
And if that’s not enough to convince you that he’s just a remarkable basketball player, check his wonderful and expletive-laced (but edited) message to his teammates after the Suns won Game 3. (via SportsGuy33)