Lakers backup PG Steve Blake has been cleared to return to the court for Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets. Blake has missed the last 37 games after tearing an abdominal muscle back on November 11. Blake underwent surgery, took injections of platelet-rich plasma, and cortisone shots to deal with complications in his abdomen and groin area.
Blake tweeted Saturday night that he has been cleared to play: "The #RoadtoRecovery was long, but I'm back for the @Lakers Tuesday night. #GoLakers".
Blake is averaging 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists in the seven games he's played in this season. The numbers he is averaging are better than both backup point guards, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon.
It is unclear how many minutes Mike D'Antoni plans to give Blake Tuesday night.
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