Reinforcements arrived for the
Their season is pretty much done.
On the bright side,
The veteran point guard played only eight days after being declared out for the season, about the only highlight of the Lakers' 117-107 loss to the
Nash tallied a season-high 11 assists to go with five points, four rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes while coming off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2000, as a member of the
"Just to feel good and feel like you can make a play for your teammates and put pressure on the other team and move freely," Nash said. "It's why I love this game and that's why I've kept fighting and trying to work in case I got another opportunity."
Nash said he came out of the game in the fourth quarter after tweaking his back but remained hopeful he could play Sunday against the
Nick Young (21 points) and
Ultimately, they provided too little resistance against Wizards guard
The Lakers (22-46) did put up some literal fight late in the fourth quarter, Young pushing Washington's
"I felt like he was trying to WWF me, flip me over," Young said. "He had my arm locked trying to get a foul and he ended up falling and I got my adrenaline going. It was over after that."
Hill then shoved Wizards center
It was a vastly different scene than one in Phoenix in January in which Young was angered by his teammates not coming to his defense after a fight.
"I owe Jordan a night out," Young said. "I'm going to take him somewhere, have some lunch or something."
Nash made his first appearance since Feb. 11, when he suffered a recurrence of the nerve irritation in his back that has limited him to 11 games this season. There was concern in that Nash might never play another
After entering the game to warm applause late in the first quarter, Nash quickly found Hill for a jump hook and made a couple of behind-the-back passes on the way to collecting five assists in his first six minutes.
D'Antoni said Nash probably would continue to come off the bench unless he "gets to a certain point and gets that good" because of limited practice time and the Lakers wanting to be cautious with his body.
Nash has one more season and $9.7 million left on his contract but could be waived by Sept. 1, allowing the Lakers to spread out his salary over three seasons.
He would prefer to prove over the next month that he's ready to play one more.