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5 Predictions for L.A. Lakers Once Steve Nash Returns
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One quarter of the way into the 2012-13 season, the team that most people picked to at least appear in the NBA Finals, currently occupies the No. 12 spot in the Western Conference.

After the offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to tear through the regular season, lock up a top seed and show off four all-world talents.

Two games into the season, however, Steve Nash fractured his left leg. While the injury appeared relatively minor, the 39-year-old has missed 20 games and counting.

Nash will return at some point in the not-too-distant future, and when he does, Lakers fans expect their fortunes will change.

They will get their wish, but it won't all be for the better.

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