Wednesday's NBA playoff notes: Smith probable, Nash will play

Apr 23, 2013 |
Hawks forward Josh Smith should be able to go in Game 2 after spraining his ankle in the opener. Here is a look at some notes for Wednesday's NBA Playoff action.

Smith probable

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday night's game with the Indiana Pacers.

Smith sprained his ankle in Game 1. He played 35 minutes and scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Smith returned to full practice on Tuesday after missing practice on Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Hawks are 7-point underdogs in Game 2. The total is 187.

Nash will play

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said that guard Steve Nash will play in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs are 9-point favorites at home in Game 2. The total is 186.5.

Nash started and played almost 30 minutes in Game 1, scoring 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting from the floor, with three assists. The former two-time MVP missed the previous eight games with a hip injury and missed 24 games in November and December with a leg injury.

Nash is averaging 6.7 assists this season, his lowest total since averaging 4.9 dimes in 1999-2000 with Dallas.

Ginobili feeling 'a little tight' ahead of Game 2

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports that San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili felt some tightness as he heals from a  hamstring injury.

“I’m feeling good,” Ginobili told McDonald. “A little tight, of course, for playing after such a long time. But I didn’t play much, either. I feel really good.”

The veteran missed nine consecutive games before playing 12 minutes in the final regular season game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ginobili scored 18 points in 19 minutes of action in the series opener on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

Meeks misses practice, expected to play in game 2

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks missed his second consecutive practice on Tuesday due to a sprained left ankle.

Meeks felt pain after stepping on an opponent's foot following a layup in Game 1 versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports that the Lakers do not expect him to miss Game 2 Wednesday.

Meeks scored four points in 20 minutes of action in the Lakers' Game 1 loss.

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