Suns' Nash out vs. Magic with sore groin

Published Nov. 18, 2010 12:00 a.m. EST

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is taking a night off to rest his sore groin.

Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Nash would sit out against the Magic on Thursday as a precaution. He said Nash probably could have played but there's no reason to push the injury this early in the season. Goran Dragic started in Nash's place.

Nash scored 17 points in Phoenix's 123-96 loss at Miami on Wednesday night. But he had only two assists, the fewest he's had in a game in almost two years.

The Suns were playing their fourth game in five nights Thursday. Gentry said he expects to have Nash back in the starting lineup Saturday at Charlotte.