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Steve Nash doubtful Saturday, playing “for sure” on Christmas

12/21/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Participating in his second consecutive full-contact practice on Friday, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash said that he still expects to experience “lots of pain” in the first few weeks of his return from a fractured leg.
 
However, Steve Nash mapped his progress adequate enough to attempt a return when the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Although, Steve Nash noted that Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday might be a more realistic schedule for his return.
 
“There’s probably a low chance tomorrow (Saturday),” said Steve Nash. “But I’m definitely playing on Christmas for sure.”
 
Ever since fracturing his left leg and sustaining nerve damage in the 31st October loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Steve Nash has missed 24 games for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. On Friday, Steve Nash was completely aware of his monumental progress from the leg injury, setting a different trend from the limited to stationary ball handling and shooting drills as well as workout on the elliptical machine for the second straight practice in two months.
 
"It felt pretty good," said Steve Nash. "I can't complain. It's getting better; I'm optimistic that I'll be able to put this behind me."
 
But seeing how the Los Angeles Lakers have repeatedly moved ahead Steve Nash’s return date after nerve irritation kept him sidelined despite an initially early projected return, the All-Star is downplaying expectations instead of disappointing again on Saturday night.
 
"Obviously I'm not in great condition after being pretty inactive for seven weeks, but that's just a harsh reality is that it's going to be a painful… month or so, even when I'm playing, just because it was in a really tough spot being that the fracture is in the joint there,” said Steve Nash. “I (will) try to get myself not only back in shape but try to find my game with rhythm and timing."
 
Still, Steve Nash insisted that the leg “pain's not the issue” here, as he’s looking to avoid a setback that could shut him down for the entire season.
 
“We don't really need to rush it,” said Steve Nash. “I don't want to come back too soon.... I don't want to miss another 10 games because I aggravated it."
 
The Los Angeles Lakers have been patient in Steve Nash’s return. Although, there’s no denying that despite the Los Angeles Laker’s current three game winning-streak Chris Duhon and Darius Morris haven’t been able to fill-in his shoes at point guard. As the Los Angeles Lakers have plummeted to the 12th place in the Western Conference, riding on a 12-14 record just a quarter-way through the season, coach Mike D’Antoni expects Steve Nash to kick-off the team’s offense and take some pressure off Kobe Bryant.
 
“It gives us excitement,” Mike D’Antoni said of Steve Nash’s expected impact on the offense with teaming with an already healthy Pau Gasol. “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.”
 
Steve Nash said he will determine his status after conferring with team doctors and trainers after Saturday morning shootarounds.
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