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Steve Nash, Lakers point guards could play vs. Timberwolves Tuesday

The Lakers point guard depth could return Tuesday when they visit the Timberwolves.

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Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar could all play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni told media during practice Monday. All three point guards have been out for an extended period of time, leading to the team signing 2012 first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall.

Nash's return has been long anticipated. He played in six total games before being sidelined with nerve issues in his back. He last played Nov. 10 and left the game early. Nash has been travelling between Los Angeles and Vancouver, rehabbing and preparing with his personal therapist as he tries to overcome nerve damage that has been lingering since breaking his leg last season.

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Blake has been out with a torn ligament in his elbow and last played on Dec. 10. He was averaging 9.8 points per game (his highest scoring average since joining the Lakers) while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Blake was also averaging a career-high 7.7 assists per game.

Farmar tried to make a quick return from a torn hamstring but aggravated the hamstring in a different area of the same leg just four games after he returned. His hamstring issues have sidelined him off-and-on since Dec. 1.

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will not travel with the team during the three-game road trip that begins Tuesday.

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