Steve Nash participated in his second straight practice on Saturday in advance of the Lakers opening round series that starts in San Antonio.
“I plan on playing unless there’s a setback between now and (Sunday),” Nash said. “So far, so good.”
During Friday’s media session, Nash allowed he had not tried sprinting yet, but Saturday, he was able to get up and down the court with no problems.
“A little bit,” Nash said. “We went up and down I’d say 10 trips, and I got through it OK. It wasn’t playing a quarter or anything, but at least it was a little bit more of a step for me, and it gives me some optimism that I’ll be able to get through tomorrow.”
Coach Mike D’Antoni stated there would be “a possibility” both Nash and Blake in the backcourt together on Friday, but remained mum on Saturday as to who would start.
“We’ll see (on Sunday), he said. “We haven’t quite settled in yet.”
Blake started the final eight regular-season games, while Jodie Meeks started the last two after Kobe Bryant went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Because Nash has not played in more than three weeks, though, there could be limitations on his minutes.
“We’ll see,” D’Antoni said. “Obviously, he’s not going to play a lot of minutes. Whatever he can give us will be great, and then we’ll play it by ear. As the series goes on, he should get stronger.”
Limited minutes or not, Nash maintains he’s ready to return and help the team in some capacity after preparing himself to this point.
“All the games are more and more important,” he said. “It’s been tough and that’s why I’m doing whatever I can to get back out there as fast as I can. I’m working hard to put myself in a position to give it a shot, and I think I’m ready to try.”