Steve Nash will return against the Warriors tonight after missing 24 games with a broken bone in his left leg. Originally, Christmas Day seemed to be a more realistic return date for the the eight-time all-star, but he feels well enough to return a few days early.
Nash, who’s usually the opposite of injury prone, bumped knees with the Blazers’ Damian Lillard on October 31st to put him on the shelf for over a month. In his absence, the Lakers have struggled mightily, particularly at the point guard position where they can’t seem to find any sort of stability. Specifically, Lakers’ point guards have posted the worst effciencey ranking in the NBA this year. I’d say they’re happy to see Nash back in uniform.
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Mike D’Antoni, who was hired in mid-November as the Lakers’ new head coach after Mike Brown was fired, will finally get a chance to see how his offense will work with one of basketball’s all-time great point guards.
D’Antoni and Nash have a great bond, as the duo had four very successful seasons in Phoenix (2005-2008). Lakers’ management and D’Antoni hope the same chemistry will carry over to Los Angeles where the Lakers are on the outside looking in of the Western Conference playoff race.
In just two games this year, Nash is averaging only 4.5 points and four assists.