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Lakers News: Howard expecting to be hacked, and Nash expecting to return

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Howard on hack-a-Howard

"If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them," Howard said when asked about the Spurs using a "Hack-a-Howard" strategy on Friday. "There's nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they're still going to do it. So, that's not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We're going to make them pay."

"I'm sure they'll try it," D'Antoni said. "We worked on Dwight being evasive out there today so they couldn't catch him.

"But we'll just deal with it. He's going to make shots and he'll make his foul shots."

I picked the Lakers to upset the Spurs. Something inside me says the Spurs will take the Lakers lightly, and the Spurs won't have this team scouted, because they've only played two games without Kobe. The Spurs are banged up a little bit, and I think the Spurs have underachived in the playoffs in the past 5 years.

Steve Nash eyes return to lineup

"Mentally, I'm champing at the bit and physically, I'm getting there," Nash said Friday after participating in a full practice for the first time since March, as he's missed the Lakers' past eight games with a right hip and hamstring injury. "So, I'm very optimistic that I'll be able to play on Sunday, and I just don't want to overpromise and get ahead of myself. The last three weeks now, I wake up every morning thinking, 'Today's the day,' and then I want to hang myself after practice. So, I don't want to overpromise at this point, but I'm very optimistic."

"The last two weeks, I couldn't sprint," said Nash, who received two epidurals this week to try to alleviate the pain in his right hamstring, on which he wore black kinesiology tape at practice. "There was just too much inhibition from the nerve. That was just shutting me down whenever I tried to cover some ground, so that's why I couldn't play the last few weeks. It's hard to play in an NBA game if you can't change ends of the floor. That's kind of the last little bit I'm hoping for. It's feeling pretty close, so another couple days, hopefully the epidural will continue to help and I'll be able to play on Sunday."

Nash would be an added bonus hurt or not. When picking the Lakers, I actually factored that prediction without Nash playing.

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