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Reports: Lakers' Steve Nash will play against Warriors tonight

Lakers point guard Steve Nash will make his much-awaited return to the team's lineup on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN.com and USA Today. He has been sidelined with a fracture in his left leg since Oct. 31.

Nash suffered the injury during the second game of the Lakers' season, and the team has fallen to 12-14 in his absence. The 17-year veteran struggled during his limited action with Los Angeles, averaging 4.5 points on 33 percent shooting and 4.0 assists in 25 minutes per game during his two games.

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The move comes before two pivotal games for the team -- tonight's road matchup with the 18-9 Warriors and a Christmas Day showdown with the Knicks.

Nash's close relationship with coach Mike D'Antoni was said to be a primary reason that the team chose to fire Mike Brown and hire D'Antoni just five games into the season. Chris Duhon and Darius Morris have split time at point guard in Nash's absence.

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