Steve Nash worked through his first full-contact practice with the Lakers since suffering a non-displaced leg fracture in the second game of the season. The Lakers have struggled since, losing 14 of their first 26 games, currently 12th in the Western Conference.
The team originally had hoped that Nash would be out just a few weeks after the injury but nerve irritation kept him sidelined.
After Thursday morning's practice, Nash said, "It felt pretty good. It went well. Maybe I felt a little bit better than I thought I'd feel, but we'll see how it feels in the morning. It's obviously a big barometer."
Nash noted that the Christmas Day game Tuesday against the New York Knicks might be more "realistic," but that a return on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors remains a possibility.