The hits keep coming to the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard ranks as the team announced on Monday that Steve Blake, who’s been sidelined since 11th November, will require surgery to repair torn abdominal muscles.
Steve Blake has been sidelined for the Los Angeles Lakers’ last 10 games after being diagnosed with an abdominal strain on 12th November. During the seven games he has played this season, Steve Blake averaged 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while playing 26 minutes per game.
“It’s a big concern for me,” Kobe Bryant said on the prospect of losing Steve Blake until early February. ““Steve and I have always played extremely well together. He’s a clutch shooter and a tough competitor. That’s one of the things I like about him, is his toughness.”
The 32-year-old Steve Blake holds career averages of 6.9 points and 3.9 assists over 10 seasons in the NBA, spending the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Steve Blake will undergo laparoscopic surgery for the abdominal injury on Wednesday, and be sidelined for at least 6-8 weeks. Steve Blake’s prolonged absence leaves the Los Angeles Lakers shorthanded at point guard given that two-time MVP Steve Nash is sidelined with a non-displaced fracture in his left fibula. Steve Blake has not played in a game since 31st October, and the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t updated on his status since revealing on 17th November that 38-year-old will be sidelined for another week.
Under the Los Angeles Lakers’ new coach Mike D’Antoni who is coaching the team to 3-4, Steve Nash is expected to play a key role on the offense. However, Steve Nash is still steadily rehabbing from the lower left leg fracture as he performed a series of post-practice drills on Monday. Steve Nash revealed that he still can’t fully run and thus won’t be playing in the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-game road trip, starting off with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Mike D’Antoni indicated that his scheme on the 8-9 Los Angeles Lakers’ turnaround relies “a lot” on, his former Phoenix Suns player, Steve Nash’s return.
“I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t coached him before,” said Mike D’Antoni. “He’s done pretty well when we’ve been together.”
Although second-year pro Darius Morris has been starting at point guard in Steve Blake’s absence, Mike D’Antoni hinted there could be a change at the spot.
“There’s a chance. We’ll see. We’ll talk about it tomorrow. That’s nothing against Darius. He’s learning. He’s got to get better. But I could (start Chris Duhon against the Rockets).”
Veteran Chris Duhon has remained a backup with the Los Angeles Lakers over the past three seasons, but logged 30 minutes against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Prior to the current season, Darius Morris had only played total 19 games since joining the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers could also look at the free agency market for solutions at the spot, but the free agency market is known for not being particularly deep at point guard. Although veteran point guard Mike Bibby, who played for the New York Kicks last year is currently available.