Steve Nash stared at an unknown point way up high inside AT&T Center, shaking his head and muttering to himself as he went to the sideline for a timeout.

Two minutes had barely passed in the third quarter of the Lakers' playoff opener Sunday. He was three for 10 at the time against the San Antonio Spurs and looked every bit like a 39-year-old coming back from a three-week layoff.

"I'm not myself," Nash said. "I'm not moving that well. I'm struggling a little bit. I probably had a few shots in there that I probably normally make, but I still think it's important to try and contribute. We don't have enough points in our lineup every night."

Nash finished with 16 points on six-for-15 shooting in the Lakers' 91-79 loss.

He scored the first two points of the game and had four in the first five minutes, but there were more misses than makes in his return from a complicated injury. He needed epidural shots in his back last week to help a nerve issue that caused a sore hip and pain and weakness in his hamstring.

He hadn't played since March 30, and that was only two minutes of action before he left a game in Sacramento. The game before that, he left in the third quarter against Milwaukee and never returned.

It was apparent Nash was not Nash early in the third quarter Sunday.

He missed badly on an open 10-foot floater from the left side. Then he was way off on a reverse layup attempt, something he normally converts with ease.

"There's no miracle pill at this point. I can't go home and say I'm not 75-80% so I'm not going to play," said Nash, who had three assists in 29 minutes. "I've got to try to fight and figure out a way to just help."