The Los Angeles Lakers’ struggles at point guard will remain unresolved for a little longer after the team announced on Wednesday that 10-year pro Steve Blake will miss at least the two more weeks with an abdominal strain.
An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed Steve Blake’s hiatus status over the next two weeks.
The backup point guard Steve Blake has already missed the last eight games after he was initially sidelined in the first half of Los Angeles Lakers’ 103-90 win over the Sacramento Kings on 11th November. Steve Blake will miss an additional seven games while he’s sidelined for the next two weeks.
The 32-year-old Steve Blake’s injury couldn’t occur at a more unfortunate timing for the Los Angeles Lakers, who are without their starting point guard Steve Nash. The Los Angeles Lakers have been missing All-Star Steve Nash in the starting lineup ever since the second game of the regular-season. Although Steve Nash is expected to miss at least another week, there is no certain return schedule for the Los Angeles Lakers’ two-time MVP, who’s sidelined with a minor right leg fracture.
Still, it can be argued that Steve Blake isn’t the answer solution to all of the 7-8 Los Angeles Lakers’ problems, considering the team ranks amongst the top in the league on free throw shooting.
Additionally, Steve Blake’s lackluster performance since joining the Los Angeles Lakers should be of more concern to the team than the damage his additional absence could impose on their current state.
However, the Los Angele Lakers point guard tandem of Darius Morris and Chris Duhon has struggled in more veteran player’s absence. Hence, Los Angeles Lakers new coach Mike D’Antoni has been forced to start the guard duo every night, even though second-year guard Darius Morris was held to 0-for-6 shooting at a certain stage against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night. Darius Morris and Chris Duhon’s defensive struggles are apparent on the surface and the only time they’re able to contribute is when Kobe Bryant lead’s the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense.
Besides the guards, Steve Nash’s absence has also built tremendous pressure on Kobe Bryant as who’s also leading the Los Angeles Lakers’ backcourt. The increased ball handling may have allowed Kobe Bryant to contribute 40 points rounding-off to 50 percent of the Los Angeles Lakers’ score against the Indiana Pacers, but it also contributed to his 10 turnovers in the game.
Steve Nash’s return will relieve Kobe Bryant from the additional pressure, bring back the Los Angeles Laker’s floor general, while hopefully a healthy Steve Blake will be backing him up from the bench in a nearing return.