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Report: Steve Nash targeting Saturday for return to Lakers

Dec 18, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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The Lakers could get their Christmas gift a few days early.

We told you that Steve Nash has returned to the Lakers practices and hoped to be playing by Christmas, now comes a report from Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports that Nash is targeting Saturday for return.

Steve Nash is eyeing a return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup Saturday against the Golden State Warriors if practice goes well this week, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers play the Bobcats Tuesday then are off until a trip to the Bay Area Saturday, so there is time for a few practices in there. The Lakers play the Knicks on national television on Christmas Day.

Nash suffered a small fracture in his leg in the second game of the season when he collided with Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard. The Lakers thought it would heal quickly but a nerve irritation in the leg has kept him out since, while the Lakers have floundered.

Pau Gasol, who has missed several games with knee tendonitis, is expected to return Tuesday for the Lakers.

  1. dj76min - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    As a Lakers fan, I am excited to hear this news. But then again, I have to remind myself that even with all those guys the Lakers for winless in preseason and looked terrible before Nash got hurt (albeit only 2 games and under Mike Brown/Princeton offense). It’s just hard to believe that the Lakers will be THAT MUCH better. I’m hoping I’m wrong but…

  2. eventhorizon04 - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Lakers start a very tough 10-game stretch after the Bobcats:
    Golden State Warriors
    New York Knicks
    Denver Nuggets
    Portland Trail Blazers
    Philadelphia 76’ers
    LA Clippers
    Denver Nuggets
    Houston Rockets
    San Antonio Spurs
    OKC Thunder

    Nash will be tested right away if he plays, since I consider those to all be top-10 seeds (playoff or near playoff teams).

    • loungefly74 - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      nice info, man. yeah…that is quite a tough stretch!

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Yeah, I’m a shakin’ in me boots! lol

  3. davidly - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    If either NY or LA sit any of their starters on Christmas, Stern is gonna take all their presents away.

    Isn’t it weird that Jesus would celebrate his birthday in Staples? You know, what with how he died and all…

    • mytthor - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      This offends you as a Christian?

      No, it offends me as a comedian!

      • davidly - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        I ain’ no Christian. But I’ll bet a goodly number of the thumbs downsesers are.
        You be here all week?

  4. cameltoehoe - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    I remember when players & teams would target games vs. Warriors & Clippers because they were nice, soft opponents. Well not anymore B******! Prepare to be embarrassed royally on Sat. Laker fans.

  5. omniusprime - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Thanks Kurt for including that last sentence about Pau Gasol, the most important sentence of the article. I’m hoping that Gasol can get to being more active in the offense and defense with his knees feeling better. I just hope that Clueless Dumbtoni figures out how to properly use Pau’s awesome skills, so far Dumbtoni has been a total dunce at how to give the Lakers a successful offense or defense.

    I’m conflicted about Ancient Nash returning. He’s just too old and slow to play defense against the best young point guards who will run circles around him. He will now take valuable playing time away from the young point guards who have been gaining a lot of good playing experience.

    Ancient Nash had better earn his pay once he gets back, or he needs to be traded away ASAP to get a good young point guard who can play defense. Whatever happened about the Delonte West rumor?

    Go Lakers!!! Go Pau!!! Go Kobe!!!

    • mytthor - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Ok, I normally just in general hate the whole “replace part of their name with an offensive word” thing, but even more than that, “Dumbtoni” is just a stupid version of it.

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Waiting for Steve Nash to return is like waiting for Jesus to return. People keep saying his return is near, but days turn to weeks, turn to months and so on and still no savior!

  7. iamjimmyjack - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Nash isnt coming back Saturday. He didnt say that. He said he’s “hoping” to be back on Christmas day. He will make his decision after he see’s how his leg responds to practice this week. This is dumb. Stop all the speculation…Last I checked, this isnt ESPN.com

  8. magicbucs - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Lakers could lose 10-11 in a row…. That would be special :-)

  9. barkley4life - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If Nash can knock down open shots it will help them tremendously in transition. Its not a coincidence their biggest win in a while was when Darius Morris scored 15 in the first half and was doing his Steve Nash 3 point impersonation.

    Teams can’t run on the Lakers if they are scoring points. Plus the ball in his will cut down on the atrocious turnover rate they have. For as All World Mamba is creating for other is not his game and its why his turnover rate is sky high for him this year.

    They just can’t lean on the old man too heavy…Morris has to step up or make a run at Delonte West.

  10. mungman69 - Dec 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    The Lakers are old. They need some young blood or they will die by spring.

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