The Los Angeles Lakers are confident their offense will start firing with the arrival of their two point guards, Steve Nash and Steve Blake.
Coach Mike D’Antoni says that Nash will have a big impact on his return, with the former Phoenix Suns coach excited to get back his old point guard as the pair formed a formidable relationship.
Nash and Blake will both once again be absent for at least the next week, meaning there could be more moments such as the 77-79 defeat against the Indiana Pacers.
“Where we are, 77 points I hope is the low point and we start getting better from here,” said D’Antoni after Thursday’s practice.
The disappearance of the two point guards has been further highlighted by stand-in point guard Darius Morris, who missed all six of his shots and finished with 0 assists during 22 minutes of play against the Pacers. Morris’ back up Chris Duhon also failed to record a bucket, finishing off with 0-3 and landing three assists during his 24 minutes on the court.
During the absence of the number one point guard, Kobe Bryant who has been shouldered with most of the ball handling duties didn’t even have the most productive night finishing with just three assists.
The Lakers are heavily expected to flourish offensively with the return of Nash and this needs to be the case as the Lakeshow only managed to shoot 31.6%. Turnovers once again were a huge problem as the ball was turned over 19 times, remarkably 10 times by Kobe.
D’Antoni coached Nash for five years in Phoenix between 2003 and 2008 and knows the importance of the two-time NBA MVP.
“Even in Phoenix, when he went out we had trouble hitting 100 points,” D’Antoni said.
“I hope he has the same effect here. I don’t know that yet. But his effect is going to be big. If we have these problems when he’s out there, then we need to sit down and we need to examine some stuff. But I expect a lot of this stuff will go away.”