The Los Angeles Lakers have strung together three straight wins and are now just two games shy of being .500. It is an indictment on the sad state of affairs in Tinseltown when a collection of unimpressive victories against the likes of the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats is celebrated, but that’s where we are right now with this ballclub.
Despite their recent wins, though, the Lakers are still plagued by the same problems that have been hindering them from the very beginning. The offense, despite being fifth in the league in efficiency, looks out of sync. The ball isn’t moving well – hence the team being ranked 23rd in assists. And, most importantly, the defense is absolutely woeful.
Steve Nash’s return won’t do anything to change that last point; however, the 38-year-old can definitely fix the first two problems. And, according to USA Today, after missing about six weeks with a fractured fibula, the Lakers’ starting point guard may be very close to making his highly anticipated return. Per the report:
Nash could be back as soon as Saturday at Golden State, or he may return in a Christmas Day game at home against the New York Knicks. Nash began practicing again on Monday, and practice sessions on Thursday and Friday will determine when he makes his return.
Before Tuesday's win against Charlotte, he worked out for nearly 40 minutes on the Staples Center floor as his rehabilitation continued. While the fracture in his left fibula that forced him out of action has long since healed, the delay in his return was caused by persistent nerve pain that Nash continues to monitor.
Golden State has been shockingly good this year. There is a case to be made for that squad being the fifth or sixth best team in the West right now. As far as the Knicks go, well, the spanking they handed L.A. last week speaks for itself.
Regardless of whether he is at 100 percent or not, Nash’s return will only help the Lakers.
(Kudos USA Today)