Steve Nash Returns To The Line Up, Jordan Hill Still Out

4/21/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

March 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) and point guard Steve Blake (5) celebrate during the 113-102 victory against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Lakers are set to face the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but they’ll have their point guard back for game one of the playoffs.
 
Steve Nash practiced on Friday, and after a good showing the team said he’s expected to play on Sunday.
 
This is a both good and bad because Nash is one of the team’s best shooters, but Steve Blake has been on another level recently. However, if Nash being in is causing more harm than good, he’s told his coach to feel free to take him out. Nash said:

"He's got to coach this team to win the game and if I'm not helping, and I'm not capable, he's got to get me out. Bottom line: There's no time to be sentimental or to give me too long of a leash. If I can't get it done, I shouldn't be out there."

 
No doubt Coach Mike D’Antoni was happy to hear that after he received a lot of backlash for overplaying Kobe Bryant when, let’s be honest, Bryant wasn’t letting anyone take him out of any game. Nash is also not known for his defensive prowess, which could be a liability. This is one of those times the Lakers are thanking their lucky stars they made it into seventh place.
 
Jordan Hill has been out since January 6th, and after seeing him practice, they have set his comeback for three to four weeks away.
 
The sooner the better because his scrappiness is valuable in every game.
 
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