The Los Angeles Lakers can’t seem to catch a break. Today, they announced that injured point guard Steve Blake will need surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, missing the next six to eight weeks. The surgery, termed laparoscopic surgery, will be performed by Dr. Craig Smith. Blake sustained an abdominal strain on November 4 against Detroit and reinjured it in his return against the Sacramento Kings on November 11.
Kobe Bryant responded to the news on Monday saying, "It’s a big concern to me. Steve & I have always played well together. We’re going to miss him a lot."
The bad news comes the morning after the Lakers suffered a 113-103 loss at home at the hands of the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard’s previous team of seven years. Since the beginning of training camp, the point guard position was a major concern for the Lakers. The starting spot was locked up by future Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash, but beyond that it was a toss-up between Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, and Darius Morris. After injuries to Nash, and Blake, Morris has stepped in and been satisfactory in 10 starts, averaging 5.5 points and 2.6 assists. The play of Chris Duhon has been much improved over the past two weeks, perhaps due to the increased playing time he has seen once Mike D’Antoni took over the team .Neither Morris nor Duhon have produced enough on a daily basis to justify a starting point guard role for the Lakers, but they are what D'Antoni has to work with for an indefinite amount of time.
Steve Nash performed ball handling and shooting drills at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo on Monday, but there is no time table for his return after fracturing the fibula in his left leg. The only hope for Lakers fans is that as the team continues to perfect the offense, the play of Morris and Duhon will improve (it certainly has for players like Jodie Meeks and Antawn Jamison), because Los Angeles won't make a trade for a point guard this season.
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