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Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 4:55 pm  |  18 responses

Steve Nash Says He Will Definitely Play on Christmas


Despite published reports that Steve Nash could suit up tomorrow after having missed the past 24 games due to a fracture in his left leg, he doubts that he will be ready to face the Golden State Warriors. It’s more likely that Nash will play on Christmas Day against the New York Knicks; in fact, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard seems certain that he will play on December 25. Per the LA Daily News: “After going through two full contact practices for the first time since fracturing his left leg nearly two months ago, Lakers guard Steve Nash reported ‘lots of pain, but it has progressed.’ But will it be enough for Nash to suit up when the Lakers play Saturday at Golden State? ‘There’s probably a low chance tomorrow,’ Nash said following practice here at the Lakers’ facility. ‘But I’m definitely playing on Christmas for sure.’ Nash is referring to when the Lakers play Tuesday against the New York Knicks. [...] ‘It gives us excitement,’ D’Antoni said. ‘We know we’ll have some problems. We always do. But to have a two-time MVP running your thing? Nothing against the other guys, but he’s unbelievable and he knows what he’s been running forever. This is what we’ve brought him for, hopefully he has a chance to do it.’ D’Antoni gushed about Nash, saying he looked similar to when he played in Phoenix. D’Antoni also sounded in a good enough mood to point out that ‘his haircut is better too.’”

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  • LakeShow

    SHOWTIME

  • Steve Mash

    What will be D’Antoni’s excuse after Nash comes back? Looking forward.

  • Conor

    Hopefully none will be needed. LA’s primary issues are turnovers & consistent energy. Nash will alleviate both as one of the best playmakers in the League using a system which was invented for him (no matter his age) & as an excellent on-court/off-court leader, respectively.

    I do believe the best course of action regarding rotation would be to limit Gasol & Howard’s court time, together, to the end of halves. D’Antoni’s system isn’t meant for two guys whose talents are best realized in the post. Nash, Meeks, Kobe, MWP, and Howard/Gasol is probably their best lineup against most of the League (exceptions being Memphis, San Antonio, y Los Otros Angeles) for the majority of games.

    Jamison and Hill need to see more time down low, too.

    A month or two with Nash will determine whether this team can make something of itself in time for a serious Playoff run.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    sure their offense will be nice…but don’t forget their defense is still going to be average at best….that’s why I just can’t take them seriously as a title contender…I mean I can’t see them beating the Heat or the Thunder or even the Spurs

  • Max

    Don’t the Lakers suck on all the christmas games lately?

  • Conor

    Once Howard regains his mobility to recover from hedging, their defence will be fine. He is their anchor, remember. It’s better that they have realized the importance of thorough rotations as Howard has been on the mend. Their early struggles will pay dividends once everyone is back in full form.

  • Conor

    Have not won since 2009, against Boston.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I don’t know why they wanted him to play unless he was 100% in the first place. If it were me I would have had him sit out the first month or two….maybe they wanted a reason to fire Mike Brown? lol

  • JML-G

    exactly what i thought

  • Conor

    According to the Times and Howard himself, he had not done any truly taxing workouts until training camp.

  • Conor

    And your Brown theory may have weight to it, hahaha.

  • Bored

    Nash played great and the Lakers got 33 assists, hopefully Nash is all they really needed. well except for fixing that horrible defense. what is up with Kobe taking 41 shots though? that sh*t is crazy!

  • shockexchange

    Did anyone notice how the Shock Exchange pointed out that Horry Jr’s FT attempts are evidence that he’s “being carried by the refs” and the very next game he gets 1 FT attempt?

  • shockexchange

    Sorta goes against the theory that “once Nash returns Horry Jr’s gonna switch his game up.” Yeah, and birds are gonna fly north for the winter.

  • Bored

    how can he keep getting away with putting up an absurd amount of shots and Dwight gets 8?

  • shockexchange

    D12 fouled out and didn’t play that much. Yet Horry Jr shot twice as much as D12 and the Gimp combined (19 FG attempts). If L.A. doesn’t take the cake then there’s no upside for D12 to remain with L.A.

  • Bored

    yeah it definitely seems like a waste to have the best center in the L while giving Kobe 41 shots.

  • shockexchange

    When D12 doesn’t re-sign, it’s gonna be one of the biggest front office blunders in NBA history.

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