first_imgBryant looked in relative mid-season form against Golden State, scoring 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes. Bryant has rarely attacked the basket through two games, but has relied on a flurry of fadeaway jumpers and footwork. “He’s going to get better and stronger,” Scott said of Bryant. “His timing is getting there and conditioning is getting there. He’s starting to show his explosiveness. I don’t need to see a whole lot more.”Instead, the focus centered on the Lakers’ defense and how Lin developed. The Lakers still looked shaky on defense, allowing Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to combined for 45 points. But Lin posted 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting and four assists in 21 minutes. “He seems to be able to thrive when given an opportunity,” Scott said. “There’s going to be nights he’s coming off the bench playing 20-something minutes. I think he’s ready to be honest with you. His role doesn’t change if he’s starting or not.”That role will likely fluctuate considering the uncertainty over Nash, who played only 21 games last season amid nerve issues in his back and hamstring. “From what I’ve seen in a healthy Steve Nash versus the one I saw last year, he’s moving so much better,” Scott said. “He’s a difference maker.”Etc. Lakers forward Nick Young will resume running drills today after spending the past four days recovering from surgery on his right thumb. Scott said Young could return to practice in five weeks. … Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson did not return to the Lakers-Warriors game after having a left calf strain in the second quarter. The Lakers plan to evaluate him on Friday … Erica Wilson, 16, met with Bryant and Scott following the Lakers’ morning shootaround and was presented the game ball at the Lakers-Warriors game after being recently featured in Gatorade’s digital series, “Win From Within.” Four years ago, Wilson suffered a neurological disorder that prevented her from walking. Wilson has competed on a wheelchair basketball team in Birmingham Ala. called the “Lakersshore Lakers.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img A development emerged that has become way too familiar for the Lakers as they labored through recently injury-plagued seasons.Steve Nash sat out of the Lakers’ 120-105 preseason loss on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott maintained Nash has not experienced any additional injuries after appearing in the team’s preseason opener earlier this week against Denver. Instead, Scott said he rested the 40-year-old Nash “just to be cautious” and to see how Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price develop. Scott may rest Kobe Bryant eventually before the regular season begins on Oct. 28.“I’m trying to make sure I give those guys plenty of rest because they’ve been working their butts off,” Scott said. “The main objective is to get both of those guys to play as many games as possible.”last_img

Los Angeles Lakers rest Steve Nash against Golden State; is Kobe Bryant next?

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