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D’Antoni says Steve Blake could return Tuesday

Nov 23, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles Reuters

Point guard play has always been a source of consternation for Lakers fans, but the issues there were supposed to be all taken care of with the offseason acquisition of Steve Nash.

Nash has missed the last 10 games with a non-displaced leg fracture, however, and while the majority of his time missed due to the injury appears to be behind him, there’s no exact date slated for his return.

The Lakers backup point guard, Steve Blake, has also missed time with an injury. An abdominal strain has kept him sidelined for the last five games, but he might be back as soon as Tuesday when L.A. hosts the Pacers, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles daily News.

Mike D’Antoni has had nothing but positive things to say about Blake since joining the Lakers, so we’ll see if he can get a more consistent performance from him than we’ve seen over the past couple of seasons.

Blake averaged 5.2 points and 3.3 assists in 53 games for the Lakers last season, while shooting just 33.5 percent from three-point distance.

  1. sellahh - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    To be honest, I’d much rather have Darius Morris in the starting line up against the likes of Westbrook, CP3…

  2. lakerluver - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    I so badly want Darius to take the backup job away from Blake.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      Nobody wants that to happen more then me. NOBODY.
      Point blank, period, the end. Nobody.

  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Darius is more entertaining… but I trust Blake with the ball in game 7 against the heat before I trust darius…..

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      The only thing you can trust Steve Blake with is blowing a lead when he gets subbed in.

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Dang. Already? Take your time Blake, heal up. No need to rush things in a haste. In the meantime the Darius’s and Duhon got it under control. Trust me, we don’t need yo…uh…don’t want you…umm…just stay at home for another month until Morris legitamatly solidifies himself.

  5. dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Steve Blake and Ramon Sessions fill the same roll, back up pt. guard that will play decent enough until the playoffs only to stink up the court so bad you look over at the Clips Bledsoe with envious eyes..

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    LL. You know you wanted to put a period right after Darius and stop typing.

    You know what you are. The only person you’re fooling is yourself.

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