Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

Reports: Steve Nash will play when Lakers visit Warriors on Saturday


It’s been an epic struggle for the Lakers this season. But we may be reaching the point where things might finally begin to turn in the right direction.

With expectations at a “championship-or-bust” level after the offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and deservedly so, a 12-14 record in Los Angeles is simply unacceptable.

The slow start was enough for management to fire its head coach, and although the team still has yet to find a measure of consistency while showing sustained improvement over a period of time, a two-time MVP’s return to the lineup may just begin to change all of that.

Steve Nash is expected to play on Saturday when the Lakers visit Oakland to take on the Warriors, according to multiple reports, including the one from Sam Amick of USA Today.

Nash had said he’d definitely be back for the Christmas Day matchup against the New York Knicks at Staples Center, but after going through some full practices, he appears ready to test the leg he fractured back on Oct. 31.

Nash has missed the Lakers’ last 24 games with that non-displaced fracture, the most games he’s missed in any season since he was a member of the Dallas Mavericks back in 2000.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.