Oakland, California (Sporting Alert) — Forget his Christmas Day comeback, Steve Nash wants to play right now, and it is being reported by his club that the point guard will start tonight for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers (12-14) and Nash were targeting a return next Tuesday on Christmas Day, but the veteran ball handler has been feeling much better this week and is ready to get back into the groove of things.
He was listed as a game time decision on Saturday morning, but Lakers now say the 17-year-old veteran will now play and start for the first time since fracturing his left fibula in Portland on Halloween night.
“It’s official, Steve Nash is back in the starting lineup at PG for the Lakers,” the Lakers said on its official Twitter account.
Nash will join Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in the starting team tonight and all eyes will be on how the four will complement each other’s different style of play.
The Lakers have won three games in a row, including two on the road against the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.
Bryant enters the game in search of his seventh successive game to score 30 or more points.
Los Angeles defeated Golden State 101-77 when the two teams last met in November.