After resting the Spaniard and Canadian in the Lakers’ first pre-season game on Saturday, head coach Mike D’Antoni says he will play Steve Nash and Pau Gasol for 20-plus minutes on Tuesday night in Ontario, yet he may rest the pair when the team travels to Las Vegas on Thursday:
The Lakers are trying to be extremely cautious this year with their players, especially in back-to-back situations, but hopefully they’ll get a chance to play together a fair bit before opening night; it’d be nice for the rotations to be pretty much set by the time October 29 rolls around.
Of course, it sucks for the fans who pay their hard-earned money to catch a game and then they arrive at the arena to discover that the stars are being rested, but that’s the way coaches have to deal with their players sometimes. They have to look at the big picture.
The Lakers face the Denver Nuggets for the second time on Tuesday in Ontario, California. Then, they’ll meet the Sacramento Kings for the first time this year on Thursday in Las Vegas.