Nash turns right ankle in first half, leaves game

Updated: October 16, 2008, 1:16 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash appeared to turn his right ankle in a preseason game against Atlanta on Wednesday night and had to leave the game.

Nash was injured late in the first half and didn't return, limping and grimacing as he left the court. He scored 11 points before leaving with the ankle injury with a little more than two minutes left in the first half.

He was later seen walking around the locker room with no limp, with just an ace bandage on his ankle.

He may be held out of Friday's game against the Nuggets at Syracuse, N.Y., as a precaution, according to Suns spokeswoman Julie Fie.

The Suns were without center Shaquille O'Neal, who was just resting, according to coach Terry Porter.

Forward Amare Stoudemire (torn iris in right eye) and Leandro Barbosa, who returned to the team this week after being with his ailing mother in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also did not play.

The Hawks were without point guard Mike Bibby (right oblique strain) and forward Marvin Williams (sprained right thumb).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.