Despite having to play without their starting point guard in Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to not only make the playoffs, but to grab the seventh seed in the Western Conference. It now looks like Nash could be back in time for Sunday’s playoff opener.
Nash tested his injured hamstring in Friday’s practice, and is now optimistic that he could get back on the floor after missing the Lakers’ last eight games of the regular season.
The 39-year-old has gone through a tough season this year. Not only has he been plagued by injuries, which have limited him to 50 games, but he has had to adjust to a new role. Nash is used to dominating the ball, but had to share the ball-handling duties with Kobe Bryant.
This is obviously great news to Lakers’ fans. The team is not better without Bryant in the lineup, but it is quite intriguing to see how well L.A. can function on offense without him. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are bound to get a lot of looks in the post, and if Nash finally gets to run the show, the Lakers could be extremely dangerous in the pick and roll.
Nash averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds this season, marking his lowest assist average since the 1999-00 season.