Nash, Blake to Start at Minnesota

152063099NG_Kings_Lkrs_016aBoth Steve Nash and Steve Blake will return to the lineup and start at Minnesota, according to Los Angeles Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan.

Nash, who has been sidelined since Nov. 10 with nerve root irritation, has appeared in just six games this year and will be on a minutes restriction tonight, according to ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin.

He spent the duration of the Grammy road trip in Vancouver working with his personal trainer and physical therapist and acknowledged he made significant progress during that time.

“I can withstand more demands – more contact, more unpredictable factors, change of direction – playing against somebody,” Nash explained on Thursday post practice. “That was something the nerve and spine couldn’t handle two weeks ago.”

Blake, meanwhile, has missed the last 26 games with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had started all 21 games prior to his injury, averaging 9.8 points, 7.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

Post practice on Monday, the Maryland product stated he is still feeling some pain in his elbow shooting from long range, but is anxious to get back on the court with his teammates.