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Lakers News: Steve Nash Still Optimistic He Can Help Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_82930" align="alignright" width="300"] Danny La-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] On Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Mike D'Antoni [caption id="attachment_82930" align="alignright" width="300"] Danny La-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] On Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Mike D'Antoni Rating:
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Lakers News: Steve Nash Still Optimistic He Can Help Lakers

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On Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Mike D’Antoni felt Steve Nash couldn’t come back into the game and the Lakers lost a winnable game. After expressing disappointment in his own performance after the loss, Steve Nash was given the chance in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

With the game close in the fourth quarter, Steve Nash played fairly well to help the Lakers win 105-103. After finishing the game with 13 points and six assists, Nash discussed what he’s been going through the past couple of games, but feels like he can still contribute:

“I’m hanging in there. It’s slowing coming around. It’s a bit of a struggle lately. I feel like I can still contribute and make things happen and I also feel like I can improve as the season goes on.”

While he has been dealing with nagging injuries to start the season, Nash wants to keep fighting for his teammates:

“I’m still optimistic and enjoying it, and want to keep fighting for my teammates.”

With many questioning whether or not Nash can still contribute and the possibility that he’s already on the trading block, Nash showed that he is still capable of making shots and creating for others tonight. While his minutes will still be limited and he can only play the first game of back-to-backs, Nash needs to be productive when he’s on the floor.

In four games this season, Nash is averaging seven points and five assists while shooting 31 percent from the field. As Nash continues to get into game shape, he should be able to have more performances like tonight despite turning 40-years-old in February.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Nash had a really good game tonight. I think he will get it going pretty soon.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      seems like someone doesn’t agree with you and just gave you a down vote… I am still very optimistic about Nash… I think with his minutes at an all tie low, he will be very fresh when the games will matter.

      • Daryl Peek

        I’m sure I have a few haters out there. I get down votes often, all good

    • Gregory Choa

      There is no doubt that Steve Nash can not only still help this team but is actually a great fit for the kind of offense that D’Antoni wants to run. He’s such a great decision maker and takes care of the ball – such a steady hand…his detractors, who seem to have multiplied in droves, not unlike unwanted cockroaches, are really starting to become tiresome…give it a rest people!

  • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

    i optimistic too

  • Lakers4Life

    Old granpa Nash is done for the Lakers, and perhaps the NBA. Should be interesting to see what kind of asset we can obtain for Nash via trade later this season!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Trading Steve Nash is just a rumor with no credence.Lakers could just stretch Steve Nash in the off season if they would like to free extra cap space no need to trade now IMO.Keeping Steve Nash is a much greater benefit to the Lakers than trading him to Toronto for a expiring contract and a draft pick.If Toronto offers it’s unprotected 2014 first round pick then yes.

  • quickster

    Lakers should trade Nash to the Raptors so he be close to his hometown in Canada. Dude, it’s time to hang it up and find another career. You can play better with a sorry team but playoff team that’s a different story. Dantoni will never get the Lakers a championship. He is a playoff coach that’s it.

    • hookedonnews

      Nash isn’t retiring or going to Canada. You’ll be glad about that before this year is over.

  • hookedonnews

    Not bringing Nash back into that game Friday night was a mistake that I hope MDA won’t make again. I think he thought they could win without him, but he found out otherwise. I hope he will also rethink the idea of resting him on back-to-backs. BTW D’Antoni hasn’t said that he will sit out every second game of a back-to-back. He said it would be addressed on a game to game basis. He can limit his minutes for those games, but I don’t think he needs to sit out entire games unless he has a health issue or they really don’t need him. I know the Popovich philosophy, but he is not worrying about getting into the playoffs. He can afford to sit his best players when he feels like it. I thought Nash played well last night (still hasn’t totally gotten his shooting rhythm back but was much better). I never questioned whether he could contribute, and I can’t see them trading him.

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