The 38-year-old Nash joined the Lakers last July for his 17th NBA season, agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contract before his trade from Phoenix. He embraced his role as a facilitator with the Lakers, committing himself to setting up Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard in Brown's motion offense.
Nash's backup is veteran Steve Blake, who had two assists, three turnovers and eight points in 39 minutes against the Clippers while Chris Paul racked up 15 assists — the same number of assists as the entire Lakers roster.
Darius Morris scored seven points in 13 minutes as Blake's backup against the Clippers, and veteran newcomer Chris Duhon also is available to Brown.
The Lakers had the day off Saturday. At least their schedule is friendly to Nash's recovery: Seven of their next eight games are at home, with only a one-game trip to Utah before Nov. 21.
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