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Updated Feb 21, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Nash, by his standards, struggling at the foul line

Jaws drop. Eyebrows raise. Fans gasp.

Yes, it's been happening more this season after Steve Nash steps away from the foul line.

"Just haven't had a great rhythm at the line," he said. "Just misssed more than I usually would."

Now let's be clear, Nash is an excellent free throw shooter. The best. Ever. Or at least he was. After a 3-for-5 performance on January 12 against Cleveland, Nash dropped to second behind Mark Price as the NBA's all-time career free-throw percentage leader.

This season from the foul line Nash is shooting 87%, the lowest since his third year in the league. That number is still well above the league average, but below his 90% career average.

"I don't really worry about it because I feel like I can get hot, so to speak, and make a bunch," he explained after making 6-of-7 attempts Tuesday against Washington. "It's been a little bit of a struggle for me. I haven't really felt that great at the line."

His so-called struggles from the line haven't affected his shooting elsewhere on the court. In fact, compared to last season, he's shooting better in every category but free throw percentage.

He needs to make 24 consecutive free throws to reclaim the lead over Price.

"It doesn't matter," said Nash, "[Warriors guard] Steph Curry is going to beat us both."

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