Steve Nash definitely playing Christmas, "odds are low" for Saturday

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Nash has called the Christmas day game against the New York Knicks a "for sure" return date, but that the "odds are low" on him playing Saturday against the Golden State Warriors.

The time is near for Steve Nash's return. How near? After taking part in full practices for the first time this week the reports came out that barring any setbacks Steve would look to play in Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors. After working with the team throughout the week, Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell gives us the full scoop on how Nash is feeling, and whether Nash will be back Saturday or Tuesday.

In short, Nash said there’s “a chance” he will play in that game, but said he will “for sure” be ready for the Christmas game against New York on Tuesday. He’s officially listed as a “game-time decision” for the Warriors, even if some optimism abounded from his teammates at practice that he’s looked strong and could certainly make a positive impact if he’s ready to play. - Mike Trudell, Lakers.com

After having missed Nash in the lineup since that fateful game against the Portland Trailblazers, having a "for sure" date on his return is about as good a Christmas present as we can ask for here at Silver Screen & Roll. Still, there's a chance that he can play in Saturday's contest.

Nash: I think, one, if I feel good tomorrow after two days of practice and what the trainers, coaches and everyone thinks about (me) playing. This is two days of basketball in seven weeks. It’s not a home run that I just go out in an NBA game. I’m going to see how it goes tomorrow and talk to everybody, but I’d say the odds are low. - Mike Trudell, Lakers.com

Regardless, Steve Nash is back within the next two games the Lakers play. After just bringing Pau Gasol back into the fold Tuesday, the Lakers are finally beginning to put this nightmare of a start behind them. Updates tomorrow as soon as Steve Nash's status is known. In the meantime, definitely give Mike Trudell's full report a look as he goes over a handful of questions with Nash.

- Drew

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