OAKLAND — In what will mark his first game in nearly two months, Lakers guard Steve Nash will play tonight against Golden State, according to a league source.
Nash has missed the past 24 games because of a small fracture in his lower left leg suffered Oct. 31 when he collided with Portland guard Damian Lillard.
The Lakers have classified Nash as a game-time decision and didn’t have morning shootaround today. Nash had also said it was a “low chance” he’d play against the Warriors and instead return Christmas Day when the Lakers host the New York Knicks at Staples Center. But a league source indicated Nash feeling little additional pain after going through five-on-five contact drills for the past two days.
The Lakers (12-14) have expressed optimism that Nash’s familiarity with Mike D’Antoni’s offense and standing among the league’s top point guards will significantly erase the team’s struggles. Chris Duhon and Darius Morris have shared point guard duties with mixed success.
But the Lakers have also conceded in recent weeks that challenges lie ahead in Nash adjusting to his conditioning and how the team still remains disciplined on defense.
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