Steve Nash: Lakers need to play “desperate”
"Hopefully we can continue to win," Steve Nash stated after Monday’s practice, on eve of Los Angeles Lakers Christmas showdown against the New York Knicks. "We've won four in a row and we can keep this going and put ourselves back in contention, but we should be a desperate team right now."
Ironically, the Los Angeles Lakers lost their last game on 13th December to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. But that happened when the Los Angeles Lakers was missing All-Stars Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in the lineup. Pau Gasol was in the midst of an eight game absence due to knee tendinitis.
Riding on a four-game winning streak, the Los Angeles Lakers are still 13-14 (due to an early poor start in the season) and rank 11th in the Western Conference. It’s hardly the picture the Los Angeles Lakers painted for their dream team, who could be looking at the playoffs form the outside if team doesn’t pick up pace.
"I think we realize the position we're in. We can't drop games. We got to go out there and try to win every single game,” said Steve Nash, “and go for wins instead of trying to adjust and figure out what we're doing. You got to win games and figure it out afterwards what transition this team needs."
Steve Nash’ sense of urgency towards improving their playoffs run was also duly noted in a statement by Los Angeles Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni.
"We need it more and we should be a little bit more desperate," said Mike D’Antoni, while referring to the success of his former team New York Knicks (20-7), who currently rank second in the Eastern Conference.
Kobe Bryant, who’ll be playing his 15th Christmas Day game on Tuesday, didn’t seem to have revenge on his mind stating that the only significance to the New York Knicks Christmas Day game was that it could extend the Los Angeles Lakers’ winning-streak to five games.
"It's special for us because we need to string some wins together," said Kobe Bryant. "We got to get going here."
Steve Nash made a remarkable return with 12 points, nine assist as well as two steals in Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-115 overtime win over the Golden State warriors, but he indicated Christmas Day game will come down to everyone’s contribution.
"I think that's really the Achilles' heel is this roster, with all this talent, everyone trying to make a linear calculation of how good we should be,” said Steve Nash, “and the point is we're not going to be the sum of our parts or more than the sum of our parts unless we do it together. So, we've all got to figure this out together.”
“We've got to sacrifice and we've got to earn it every day."