The soreness in Steve Nash's right hamstring won't go away.

But he vows that won't keep him off the court.

"I just feel fortunate I can play and try to help my team," Nash said. "It's not great. It's not going to be great. But I have to worry about what I can do."

Nash discovered he couldn't do much in the Lakers' Game 1 loss Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with 16 points and committed only one of the team's 18 turnovers. But Nash shot only 6 of 15 from the field, registered only three assists and couldn't help the Lakers' twin towers, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, overcome San Antonio's persistent double teams.

Nash then reported afterwards that "I didn't feel myself."

After participating in the Lakers' light practice Monday, Nash said he wasn't "moving like normal."

Yet, Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni expects Nash to play in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"I've seen him play better. He's been the MVP twice," D'Antoni said, referring to when Nash won the league award for two consecutive years in the four seasons D'Antoni coached him in Phoenix. "But we're not going to do this without him. He's going to add a lot."

Nash didn't add much in Game 1.

The Lakers' starting lineup featuring Nash (point guard), Steve Blake (shooting guard), Metta World Peace (small forward), Gasol (power forward) and Howard (center) marked the first time the team had used that combination all season. That's because Nash's return coincided with the first time he played without Kobe Bryant, who has missed the past four contests because of a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon.