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.
Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)
The Celtics couldn’t have asked for a much better look on their final possession, but Al Horford missed this layup to give the Rockets a 107-106 win last night.
Maybe Isaiah Thomas should have gone to the line for getting pushed over by Montrezl Harrell, but I’m not 100% sure Harrell should’ve been called for a foul. Besides, that Thomas screen sprung Horford for the layup. I’d take my chances with that barely contested close-range shot.
Michael Beasley, Davis Bertans ejected from Bucks/Spurs for being third/fourth into altercation
This should have been the usual NBA altercation — two guys jawing with nothing physical happening because teammates step in, everyone does their posturing, and we move along. Monday night in the Spurs eventual win over the Bucks, Greg Monroe and Dewayne Dedmon got tangled up going for a rebound, Dedmon threw a little elbow, Monroe pushed him off, and the two started the well choreographed NBA dance.