"We'll throw him right into the fire," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday.
The Lakers signed point guard Kendall Marshall from the Development League four weeks ago.
"Nick's been probably our best player all year. He'll be back next game and he'll pick up where he leaves off," D'Antoni said.
The Lakers (14-25) have lost 12 of their last 13 games.
"I'm hoping [the Celtics] stand around and watch him play," D'Antoni said jokingly.