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EL SEGUNDO, CA - When the story is written on the Lakers 2012-2013 season, the final chapter will likely be titled BSN-ASN as in Before Steve Nash-After Steve Nash.
Prior to the point guards successful return Saturday night against Golden State, the Lakers were spinning out of control, seemingly unable to put together minutes of consistency, let alone entire games. Their record was 12-14 and a team with one of the most talented rosters in Lakers history was being smothered by its own ineptness.
Then Nash showed up against the Warriors and the Lakers were able to negotiate through the usual self-imposed obstacles and comeback for one of their few impressive wins so far, 118-115 in overtime. Playing for the first time in nearly two months, Nash went 41 minutes, scoring 12 points and handing out nine assists. Most importantly, his calm under pressure allowed the Lakers to overcome an 88-74 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant said after Mondays practice that it was what he expected from Nash, and what Laker fans will continue to see as long as Gatsby stays healthy.
Hes a great organizer, a great passer and a great shooter, Bryant said of Nash, who came out of the game with no setbacks and will start against the Knicks at Staples Center on Tuesday. He does everything well, and obviously its a big boost.
As great as Nash can be on the floor and acting like the basketball maestro that he is, hell be equally valuable as a leader whos not hesitant to challenge his teammates.
We need to put ourselves back in contention right now, Nash said of his 13-14 team as they readied to take on the 20-7 New Yorkers. We should be a desperate team right now. I think we know what position were in right nowwe cant go out and drop any games. We have to go for every single win, instead of trying to adjust and figure out what were doing.
Were just trying to build a team and trying to build some spirit. We know we have a chance to win and we have to go out and earn it every night. We had a lot of time this year when weve been in transition. Its caught us thinking (too much) or maybe not believingparalysis by analysis. So, we have to get out there, put some juice in our legs, go out and have some fun and win some games.
The next chance for redemption comes on Christmas Day when the Lakers host one of the NBAs biggest surprises of the season.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have been brilliant for most of the season, and Melo is finally being looked upon as a team player, not just a guy who wants to score 35 points every game.
Nothing, Bryant answered when asked whats different about Anthony this season. Its just how people are interpreting how hes playing. The coaching staff and the other players encourage him to do what he does best, and theyre just following suit behind him.
The same way the Lakers follow Nash.
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OAKLAND The most important player on the Los Angeles Lakers' star-studded team sat wrapped in a black robe at his locker after the game, his body hurting, his words at times whispered, the exhaustion emanating from him in waves. He'd just returned from seven weeks off with a leg injury and somehow managed to play 41 dazzling minutes and use them to spin the Lakers into an...
Steve Nash has been back two games and everyone, including the Lakers, can see the difference the seasoned point guard has been for the Purple and Gold. In the game against the Golden State Warriors, he was able to get his teammates involved and still make some crucial shots. Against the New York Knickerbockers on Christmas Day, he really showed basketball fans he is still a...
The Los Angeles Lakers are finally playing with the team they expected when the preseason ended. Pau Gasol came back last week, and now Steve Nash has returned. The Lakers welcomed him back with a victory over the Golden State Warriors.Los Angeles beat Golden State 118-115 in OT in Steve Nash's first game back since breaking his leg. Nash suffered the injury in the second...
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The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime in Steve Nash's first game back after missing the previous 24 with a fractured left fibula.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash looked like his old self as he made his return to the court for Saturday's NBA game against the Golden State Warriors.
It was Nash's first game back since being injured in the second game of the season. Nash scored 12 points and had 9 assists, including some nice alley-oop passes to teammates Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
Steve Nash is back in the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup after seven weeks on the sideline, and he might see an old friend on the floor for the first time this season against the Knicks on Christmas Day. Forward Amare Stoudemire returned to practice last week. Coach Mike Woodson wasn't ready to declare Stoudemire ready to start, but the All-Star might be able to come back from...
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash started Saturday night in the Lakers' 118-115 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors after missing 24 games because of a small fracture in his lower left leg.
Nash played 41 minutes and shot 5 of 8 for 12 points with nine assists. The two-time MVP was injured Oct. 31 against Portland.
Coach Mike D'Antoni told the media before...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Curtains up
It was only Steve Nash's second game back for the Lakers, his second game in that familiar Los Angeles uniform (well, Tuesday it was not the familiar uniform, but you get the phrase). He was never going to be a cure-all. Nash wasn ot going to come in to the Lakers...
Photo Credit: The Associated PressIt didn’t look good for the Lakers halfway through Saturday’s game in Golden State. It looked even worse after three quarters, as the Warriors turned their 8-point halftime lead to 13 going into the fourth quarter. But when the final buzzer sounded at the end of overtime, the Lakers were the ones that walked off the court celebrating their 118...