|Steve Nash could be the gift that keeps giving for the Lakers. (Getty Images)|
Injured Lakers point guard Steve Nash told reporters Thursday that the "most realistic" timeline has him making his return on Christmas Day (Tuesday) against the New York Knicks.
Nash said there's a possibility he'll return Saturday (against the Warriors) from the leg fracture he suffered in November, but given how long and arduous his recovery has been, and given that he only started practicing this week, Tuesday sounds like the target he's more likely to hit.
Nash is being heavily counted on to fix a great number of the Lakers' problems, given that he is the most familiar with Mike D'Antoni's system. Nash's style of play could make things easier for Dwight Howard and especially Pau Gasol.
Gasol has been consistent with his subtle criticisms of D'Antoni's system. Gasol has yet to figure out how to fit into the system, but it's expected Nash will be able to help him make sense of it. Granted, the Lakers' biggest issue has been defense, something that Nash will not help with to any degree. But Nash should help the Lakers reduce the amount of turnovers, which will help limit the transition opportunities they surrender.
A dramatic return on Christmas against the best team in the East in a massive hype-filled showdown?
Sounds like just the kind of thing that fits with the Lakers, especially this season.