Oakland, California (Sporting Alert) — Steve Nash will play tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden State Warriors (18-9), reports from ESPN Los Angeles are saying.
Los Angeles, though, are yet to confirm the report.
The Lakers (12-14) had said the guard would be a game time decision after he returned to regular team training this week from a leg injury he suffered on October 31.
Christmas Day was the penciled in date for Nash to return, but it now seems that the veteran point guard will return four days earlier than planned.
“There’s a chance I will play tomorrow (tonight), but Christmas for sure,” Nash was quoted as saying on Lakers.com when asked about his chances of facing the Warriors on Saturday night.
Nash, should he make his return tonight, will certainly see limited minutes as his head coach Mike D’Antoni revealed that he will be taking his time to work the 38-year-old former All-Star back into his line-up and his system.
The 17-year-veteran missed his team’s last 24 games.
He picked up the foot injury playing in Portland.
The Lakers are coming off a narrow 101-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night, a game in which Pau Gasol made his return after missing eight-straight games.
The Warriors come into this contest following a 115-100 victory over Charlotte on Friday, with star point guard Stephen Curry scoring 27 points and David Lee adding a triple double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
These two, along with Klay Thompson, who scored 20 points Friday night, and a solid bench, is expected to cause the visiting Lakers some trouble when they visit the ORACLE Arena.
The Warriors have won eight of its last ten games and have only dropped one game at home in December.