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Lakers expect Nash in Friday’s lineup

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash plans to return to the lineup Friday night against the Washington Wizards, according to Yahoo Sports.

Nash has been out for more than five weeks. He has been dealing with nerve damage in his back and hamstring injuries all season. He last played Feb. 11.

The Lakers plan to use Nash as a backup to Kendall Marshall. The banged-up team is thin at point guard.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni initially ruled out Nash from returning this season but hinted Wednesday that Nash might play the remaining 15 games of the season. The two-time NBA MVP fully participated in practice on Thursday.

Nash, 40, is averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 assists over 10 games this season. He has one year left on his three-year contract. He is owed $9.7 million next season and insists he will play out the deal.

D’Antoni said guard Nick Young and forward Jordan Hill will also return from injuries Friday. Point guard Jordan Farmar is out with an injury he sustained this week.