After suffering yet another setback last month, Steve Nash was diagnosed with nerve pain in his back and would be out for at least two weeks. With strong play from Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, the Lakers currently have a 9-9 record and have played well in Nash's absence. Since suffering the injury, Nash started working out with his Canadian trainer once again and made his return to Lakers practice on December 3.
At practice today, Nash participated in full court, five-on-five scrimmage but was eventually removed for precautionary reasons according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
"Steve Nash did participate in practice today. 5-on-5. He's not out on the court now.
"Lakers decided to pull him off the court today (which is why he's not out there practicing right now) but not b/c of any specific limitations."
Considering that Jordan Farmar is out for at least four weeks and Steve Blake is dealing with a hyper-extended elbow, Nash's return couldn't have come at a better time. However, the two-time MVP will still have to get in game shape to avoid any further setbacks and is doubtful for Friday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.
While the Lakers wait for Nash to return, Xavier Henry and Jodie Meeks are expected to continue playing backup point guard minutes. Kobe Bryant might also share some time playing floor general with Nash and Farmar on the shelf if he's able to return against the Kings.
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