The Los Angeles Lakers announced, in a press release today, that backup point guard Steve Blake will be out of action for the next two weeks because of an abdominal strain. Blake initially injured his abdomen back on November 4 against Detroit, but reaggravated it once he returned to action a week later against the Sacramento Kings. Blake was given an MRI and examined by Dr. Steven Yoon, who confirmed the strain. Blake was expected to be the backup to Steve Nash this season but was thrust into the starting role after Nash sustained a small fracture in his fibula.
Blake has averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 assists in 7 games this season. Darius Morris who took over the starting role has played well enough but his lack of experience is inhibiting the Lakers offense. Playing without an an experienced point guard has forced Kobe Bryant to take over control of the D'Antoni offense which is hurting the team as well, as evidence by the fact that Bryant took 28 shots in a loss to Indiana on Tuesday, and the fact that the Lakers are playing below .500 basketball.
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