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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Should Steve Nash Sit Back-To-Backs?


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Ramneet Singh: Steve Nash is in the last stage of his NBA career, and at this point, the Lakers should do whatever it takes to keep him fresh and ready to play later in the season. Although it is imperative to have Nash on the court for the Lakers to make the Playoffs, they cannot afford to risk Nash’s health.

At this point, Los Angeles has a lot of depth in the backcourt and they can allow Nash to sit out games. Jordan Farmar has proven that he can run an offensive effectively and Steve Blake is another player who can fill the void when Nash isn’t playing. Even though the Lakers did not play well against the Golden State Warriors, the second unit is capable of playing a major role in the team’s success this season.

The Lakers have enough fire power to replace Nash on either the first or second game of a back-to-back. The younger players on the bench will not have too much trouble playing on consecutive days and they can provide explosion and athleticism, two things that Nash has lost over the years.

Suki Thind: I think it depends on the situation. If he’s able to get away with limited minutes in the first game of a back-to-back, then it should be up in the air. However, if he has to play significant minutes on the first leg of a back-to-back, then probably not. Conversely, if Nash knows he’s going to be sitting for one of the games and perhaps playing in the more “important” game of the two, then he should be able to stretch it a bit on the night he plays, if he’s up for it. It’s necessary to limit his minutes, but if he’s playing well, having a significant impact on the game, and in the heat of a competitive battle where he’s putting on a vintage type of performance, then I think Mike D’Antoni should let him go a little bit.

The main thing, however, is to make sure that his minutes indeed are monitored for the duration of the season, and that his nagging injuries are under constant treatment. Nash and D’Antoni will have to make a judgment call on certain nights, but I think communication between the two will be the biggest help — which shouldn’t be a problem given the their long-standing relationship.

There will be a fine line between playing Nash too much, and resting him too much to where it isn’t actually helping any of his nagging injuries and just ends up getting him out of rhythm. It will certainly be a hot topic all season, but hopefully Nash remains healthy and can contribute to the team.

Ryan Ward: Steve Nash has played over 37,000 minutes in his illustrious career. Up to last season he has been relatively injury free. But these last two years have proven that his body is beginning to break down and without a doubt he should rest one game during a back-to-back this season.

Chances are that Nash won’t play more than 30 minutes a night this year, especially with the addition of Jordan Farmar and the continued improvement of Steve Blake. Last year, when Nash went down Blake was solid, but Chris Duhon and Darius Morris were completely ineffective behind him. That won’t be the case this season as Farmar is more than capable of running the team for long stretches making it easier for Nash to miss some games here and there.

Quite frankly, Nash hasn’t been great when he has been on the floor which is part of the reason Farmar stayed on the court for the entire fourth quarter against the Clippers. Nash will need to be healthy in order for the Lakers to reach their potential, but the bench is a strong point for the Lakers this season making a missed game from Nash not as big a deal as it would be.

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  • The Stig

    I think it’s pretty simple. If the lakers get good wins on the first nights of back to backs where he’s only playing 15-20 minutes, and the next game is a very capable team like the Warriors, then no. Just my honest opinion. No point in having him if he’s going sit out 10-15 games. I understand he needs to be around long term, but on back to backs if he has to play, limit his minutes more.

    • hookedonnews

      Makes sense to me.

  • Zimmeredge

    no you have to make him play. age or not, back to back or not. he has to play. he is supposed to play 24-26mpg. he is capable of playing 15 minutes as a sub on the second game of b-to-b.

    • Daryl Peek

      Greg Popovich approach. Nash is older than Duncan and Ginobli, there’s no way coach Pop would expect them to play every game. That doesn’t mean Nash will sit out every back to back but he will need to sit some of them out. Kobe and Gasol should be included in this also. It can be done. Our bench is much better. As the season progresses trust in their abilities to handle some games without the Big three should be built up.

      • Zimmeredge

        i agree. Especially when you are on a trip. But clippers-Warriors. That was an “okay” situation for him and crucial for the lakers especially because it’s a division game. You have the occasion to be 2-0 against two rivals.

        • Daryl Peek

          Yeah, I was not a proponent of sitting Nash on Tuesday. I too felt the fact that he only played in the first half basically was reason for him to play against GS. Lesson learned hopefully.

          • Zimmeredge

            exactly. I didn’t understand D’antoni on this one. didn’t play Nash more than 20 against the clips but didn’t play Nash against the Warriors.
            Well I hope we can tear apart the Spurs tonight at home.

  • hookedonnews

    Ryan Ward–Nash was not on the floor in the 4th quarter for the same reason that Gasol, Young, etc. were not on the floor. Last year didn’t prove Nash’s body is breaking down. A broken leg has nothing to do with age or the body breaking down. This was a serious break in an unusual place involving nerve issues. This season he’s had a minor ankle issue and a sore neck. Sorry, but they didn’t seem to slow him down all that much. He’s had ankle problems in his career just like every other player. I don’t think he had his best game against the Clippers, but he has looked fine in preseason. Whether Nash should sit out should be decided on a game by game basis, but I think it’s obvious that the starters play much better with him than without him.

    • Zimmeredge

      if he is not shootin he is passing, if he is not passing he is shooting… if he’s not doing both he’s doing things that are also truly valuable like give confidence to all of his partners. He handle the ball pretty well for a 39yo dude. he’s a pretty decent team defender in the sense that he’ll sacrifice everything to be helpful on D. And offensively when he dosen’t handle the ball he’s always useful. he sets screens, he’s spacing the floor.
      If he’s not playing (while being on the bench) again confidence, cheer up and give tactical instructions to a partner.
      to a bunch of young lads this guy is still pretty valuable.
      the only thing-> because he didn’t play bball this summer, he’s currently lacking a bit of rythm and pace (floaters, runners and open shots missed prooves us that). Once he gets his pace back he’ll be a 12 and 8 PG

      • hookedonnews

        Agree 100%.

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