Steve Blake, middle, will play tonight. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
Help has arrived for the Los Angeles Lakers right on time, as they embark on a 3-game road trip. Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are set to return to the line up tonight when the team (16-31) visits the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24).
Nash, having played in just six games as he’s been dealing with back problems the entire season, is expected to start but his minutes will be limited. Blake, who has missed 26 games after going down with a torn ligament in his elbow in December, will be the starting shooting guard and Farmar, who has played in 22 games before tearing his hamstring twice, is available off the bench if needed.
Nash this season is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists per game, Blake is putting up 9.8 points and 7.7 assists, and Farmar is averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 assists. Nash will not play Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of the back-to-back situation.
With Nash back in the starting line up, Kendall Marshall, who has been a bright spot in what has been a season to forget for the Lakers, will now go to the bench after starting 15 games at the point guard position.
Marshall, who was signed by the Lakers in late December, is averaging 10.5 points and 9.6 assists.
The Lakers are expected keep Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup to go along with Robert Sacre, who is starting in place of injured Pau Gasol. Ryan Kelly is also expected to start.
The Lakers are looking to snap a 6-game losing streak.