Like just about everybody around the league, Steve Nash remembers being disappointed when Ricky Rubio went down because of a knee injury March 9 against the Lakers.

"It hurt them, obviously, in a number of ways," Nash, in the Twin Cities with the Suns for Monday's game, said. "One, it took away their main playmaker. And two, it hurt their depth. It's not something anyone wants to see happen. And it's a shame for the team. You never want to see that happen to anybody."

Rubio is back in town after an extended stay in Colorado following surgery to repair two ligaments in his left knee. Nash, meanwhile, was in town for a nationally-televised game that would have featured two of the best pass-first point guards in the game.

Instead, Rubio is watching while Nash, in his 16th season, is played as well as ever. He is shooting 54 percent overall -- the best of his career -- and is at 40.7 percent on three-pointers. He is looking to become just the third player in NBA history (John Stockton, Chris Mullen) to shoot better than 54 percent overall and 40 percent on threes in the same season.