The Lakers left Los Angeles today headed for Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Tuesday night in the first game of a four-game road-trip. Steve Nash, who sustained a small fracture in his fibula back on October 31, is traveling with the Lakers and could return to the starting lineup on the road-trip.
“I think it’s possible,” said D’Antoni before Sunday night’s loss to the Utah Jazz. “I wouldn’t put my reputation on it, but, it’s possible.”
Nash has been participating in agility and strengthening drills with strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco.
Nash was originally expected to miss a month with the injury but it has been 40 days since the Portland game. The Lakers need to abstain from rushing Nash back to action on this road-trip because a Nash that’s not at 100% won’t fix the Lakers problems. He may even make things worse considering he’ll have trouble moving laterally which will make Los Angeles’ defensive woes worse. The offense is a problem but not the primary concern for the Lakers, so Nash ‘s return to the lineup won’t take the Lakers from 11th place in the West to first overnight.
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