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Lakers News: Steve Nash, Steve Blake set to start against Minnesota Timberwolves

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Pau Gasol #16, Steve Nash #10, and Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate in the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Pau Gasol #16, Steve Nash #10, and Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate in the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on November 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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After months of watching from the bench with injuries, Steve Nash and Steve Blake will be back in the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tues. Feb. 4 according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

Steve Nash and Steve Blake will start for the Lakers tonight vs. Minnesota.

All season long the Lakers have dealt with injuries to their best players with Nash, Blake and Kobe Bryant out for an extended period. Even though Bryant will still be out of the lineup for a little while longer with his knee injury, the Lakers will finally have some stability in the backcourt with Blake and Nash back on the floor.

Nash has missed all but six games this season with numerous injuries. The latest injury setback for Nash was root irritation in his back suffered against the Timberwolves back in early November. Nash seemed to be headed toward retirement after the back injury, but was reluctant to call it a career and as a result will continue to battle through with his 40th birthday right around the corner on Feb. 7.

With Nash and Blake back on the floor against Minnesota, the Lakers will go with the starting of Jodie Meeks, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre along with the two veteran guards in the backcourt.

Despite finally being able to return, Nash will be limited in his first game back with Kendall Marshall coming off the bench to help shoulder the load for the two-time NBA MVP.

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