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Steve Blake says he’ll be back for the Lakers this Tuesday

Jan 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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The lack of depth at the point guard position is pretty far down the list as far as reasons the Lakers have had trouble stringing together a series of wins this season.

Nevertheless, any help would be more than welcome at this point, and it appears that some will be on the way early next week.

Steve Blake expects to be back with the team Tuesday when L.A. hosts the Hornets. He broke the news himself in a post to his official Twitter account on Saturday.

Blake has been sidelined since Nov. 11 with an abdominal strain that required surgery, followed by dealing with pain in his groin that required special plasma and cortisone shots to the area to relieve the discomfort.

Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t confirm that Blake would be ready to return on Tuesday, but did say that at least he’s got a shot.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles:

“He’s going to play pretty soon,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said when asked about Blake after practice. “I don’t know when that is, but he’s working his way back. I think he wants to get in some running (Saturday) so we’ll see how that goes. Everyday will be a test for him. If he keeps passing those barriers, then you’ll see him on the court pretty soon.”

Blake has played in only seven of his team’s games this season, while averaging 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 26 minutes per contest.

  1. omniusprime - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Brett Pollakoff if you think that Steve Flake will be any help at point guard then you have no clue about point guards. The best thing Flake has done for the Lakers is be injured so long so the young point guards could get more playing time. Flake has been a major embarrassment for the Lakers and needs to be traded away.

    As if the Lakers need more bad news here comes the biggest Flake at point guard coming back to stink up Staples Center. A shame that we have the two worst excuses for slow point guards in the NBA, Trash Nash and Flake.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Away Trash Nash!!! Trade Away Steve Flake!!! We Want Pau!!!

  2. noahbird - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    No thanks…

  3. moseskkim - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Nooooooo…ooooooo. Ooooo

  4. talkingfan - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Blank I was really Hoping you wouldn’t come back, REALLY, dude your just another problem(slow) to have to worry bout.

  5. mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Ooooohhhh. Steve Blake. Well, mark them down for the #1 seed now, don’t bother to play the games.

  6. loungefly74 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    yeah…our savior has cometh…

  7. brotherlove2012 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Yeah, another good all around defender, just what they need … lol

  8. halohonk - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    At least he is a decent shooter and he is quicker than Nash. Not as bad a back up as you laker haters think. Gees give the guy a break. At this point any little bit helps.

  9. mytthor - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Steve Blake’s best feature is that he’s not Chris Duhon.

    • mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      There is that. Point taken.

    • zerole00 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I hear he has that on his resume.

  10. cosanostra71 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    It never hurts to add healthy bodies. The rotation now clearly isn’t working, maybe Blake will add something we’re missing, who knows.

  11. genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    He’s a better shooter than most of the names I’ve seen suggested as “shooters” the Lakers should have acquired. He just hit his limit as far as his role goes- He’s not a starting point guard, but he filled in admirably for some bad Portland, Denver, and Clippers teams in very solid but limited stretches. He’s a back up PG who would be a very solid spot up shooter if used properly. He shoots 3s at a high percentage and doesn’t turn the ball over.

    He sucked last year, but it wasn’t like he was Josh Childress and completely lost the ability to hit a shot from anywhere on the court.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Doesn’t turn the ball over?? You’re just kidding, right??

      • genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        He’s usually been near the top of assists to turnover ratio for his career. The assists have come down and he doesn’t give the ball away. That’s why they had him starting on those slow ball protection Nate teams in Portland. He shot 3s with the best in the league and took care of the ball, but he was brutal and D and creating.

        Sorry I make statements based on objective reality.

        I guess I got down voted for pointed out that a guy who was a 40% career 3pt shooter going into last season actually might be a decent shooter. Makes sense.

      • genericcommenter - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        From 2006- 2010 he finished 3rd,5th,7th,13th in the entire NBA in assists to turnover ratio. At his worst he averaged 6.3/2.2 per 36 min.

        He ranks in the all-time nba leaders for assist% and 3p%

  12. dannymac17 - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    the season is saved

  13. seattlenative57 - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Yeah but, can he play defense?

  14. kavika6 - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Oh goody. Now we’ll get to hear a whole new round of “The Lakers are going to turn it around now” stories.

    I can’t decide which would be more fun to see, the Lakers finishing the season at the bottom of the western conference or to turn their season around and just barely miss the playoffs.

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