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...