Lakers Steve Blake out six weeks with elbow injury

December 12, 2013

Apparently being employed as a Los Angeles Lakers point guard has become an occupational hazard, as Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, and now Steve Blake have all succumbed to injuries this season. After Blake was examined today by team doctor Steve Lombardo and Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, the Laker point guard was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

He is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.

Blake suffered the injury in the second half of the Lakers road game against Washington on November 26. In 21 games this season (21 starts), Blake had been an important contributor, averaging 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 31.8 minutes.

With Blake out of the picture, Farmar still on the mend, and Nash out indefinitely, the Lakers do not have a single true point guard available to play.

Expect Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, and the rest of the guard corps to help with the ballhandling duties, with perhaps able passer Pau Gasol seeing increased touches in the team's half court sets.

LA also will likely add a D-League player or a cheap free agent point guard to the roster until Farmar or Blake get healthy.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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