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Lakers’ Steve Blake out at least six weeks with elbow injury

Dec 12, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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The Lakers, already without Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar due to injuries, will now be without Steve Blake until likely the start of February at least.

Blake has a torn ulnar ligament in his right elbow at least six weeks, the Lakers announced. Speaking with the media, Blake said if he were a baseball player he’d get surgery on this but he’s going to try to recover without going that direction, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Blake inured his elbow back on Nov. 24 against the Kings and tried to play through it. In those seven games he has shot 38.1 percent overall and 29.7 percent from three (he shot 49 percent from three in the first 10 games of the season).

Blake had been playing better in the point guard role than he had throughout his career, figuring out the angles and pace of the Mike D’Antoni system well. He had averaged 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists a game this season.

The Lakers have no point guards on the roster and may not race out to get one.

So much for easing Kobe Bryant back into things. Kobe and Jodie Meeks will be the starting backcourt for the Lakers for now.

If that experimient doesn’t work, the free agent point guards out there right now include Leandro Barbosa (who has played in Mike D’Antoni’s system in Phoenix but now is in Brazil playing there), Shannon Brown and Kendall Marshall. The Lakers do not have any guards they want to call up from their D-League franchise, the D-Fenders.

The Lakers might look around the league at available point guards. Kyle Lowry in Toronto is the biggest name but the Lakers would have to give up good picks to get him.

Steve Nash has flown back to Vancouver to work with a specialist there on his nerve root problem that has kept him out much of the season. When he might return — and if he does — remain up in the air.

  1. asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    That’s a potentially serious injury. If it doesn’t heal, he may need Tommy John Surgery, correct? Tough break, he was really having a nice season this year. Really hurts the Lakers depth. What is Farmar’s rough estimate for returning?

  2. JHathwell - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Farmar is out at least a month.

    • socalgal64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Already out 2 weeks, so maybe just a couple more. MRI showed improvement earlier this week.

      • JHathwell - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Again, this might not be a bad thing.

  3. noahbird - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I didn’t like Blake til’ last season. He’s legit. Kobe & Meeks will share the 1, but I am not up Lakers yet. Football is still on.

  4. unfly - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM


  5. money2long - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    everything is falling in place for mr shannon brown to return to lala land

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    File this under things I never would have imagined saying just a year ago:

    This sucks. The injury bug LIVES at the Staples Center man, Dammmmn!

    Lets pick up Kendall Marshall! Marshall, Marshall, Marshall!
    Or take a flier on Roddy Beaubois. I would love Shannon Brown back but he’s a SG. We need a true OF.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      **true PG

      Damn auto-correct!!

  7. ranfan12 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I really hope this doesn’t become another injury plagued season for the lakers. Blake has been doing pretty good overall this season

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