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Reports: Steve Nash will play when Lakers visit Warriors on Saturday

Dec 22, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas Reuters

It’s been an epic struggle for the Lakers this season. But we may be reaching the point where things might finally begin to turn in the right direction.

With expectations at a “championship-or-bust” level after the offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and deservedly so, a 12-14 record in Los Angeles is simply unacceptable.

The slow start was enough for management to fire its head coach, and although the team still has yet to find a measure of consistency while showing sustained improvement over a period of time, a two-time MVP’s return to the lineup may just begin to change all of that.

Steve Nash is expected to play on Saturday when the Lakers visit Oakland to take on the Warriors, according to multiple reports, including the one from Sam Amick of USA Today.

Nash had said he’d definitely be back for the Christmas Day matchup against the New York Knicks at Staples Center, but after going through some full practices, he appears ready to test the leg he fractured back on Oct. 31.

Nash has missed the Lakers’ last 24 games with that non-displaced fracture, the most games he’s missed in any season since he was a member of the Dallas Mavericks back in 2000.

  1. cameltoehoe - Dec 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Hopes he breaks a leg…..literally!

    • dmcannon99 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      And the “If Brains Were Dynamite” award goes to…

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      And a Merry Christmas to you, too, slutslit.

  2. rj2323 - Dec 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    I’m wet

  3. jerdogthompson - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Man I tell ya, coming from the most non-Laker fan I tell u this is great news. I would love nothing more than a cross hall playoff series. Clippers 4th seed vs Lakers 8 seed. I got two tix behind the bench and would love every second. Show us what u got big daddy. Bring on the show Nash.

    Celts-17
    Lakers-16

    • mytthor - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      #4 doesn’t play #8 in the NBA, genius.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Titles last dozen years:
      Lakers-5
      Celtics-1
      Clippers-0

      Titles last 32 years:
      Lakers-10
      Celtics-4
      Clippers-0

      But, hey, keep living in the 60s if that works for you. And keep cheering for those Clippers, who would still be playing in the Sports Arena if they hadn’t somehow been allowed to ride the Lakers’ coattails into Staples Center. The next title the Clippers win will be their first. Don’t hold your breath.

  4. abchome - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Nash practiced, said Christmas return seems “realistic”
    Nash says playing Saturday iffy, but he will go Christmas Day for sure
    Reports: Steve Nash will play when Lakers visit Warriors on Saturday
    What next?

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Nash playing. It’s called an ongoing update, in case you missed the memo.

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