Lakers Injury News: Steve Blake Suffers Ab Strain

While the Los Angeles Lakers now know who their next head coach will be, they may not know who their point guard will be.  Steve Blake, the backup to Steve Nash, suffered an aggravation of a lower abdominal strain in yesterday's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Helen Elliot of the Los Angeles Times reported the injury during last night's game.  However, the extent of the injury is not clear.


Blake has been filling in ever since Steve Nash injured his leg.  Initially diagnosed as a contusion, Nash actually suffered a fractured fibula.  He is working his way back, but his exact return date is not yet known.  Blake, though, may have to miss time due to his own injury.

He returned after initially injuring his abs, but was forced from the game for good in the third quarter.  The strain is not new, but Blake re-aggravated it during last night's game.  Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles believes the injury will cause Blake to miss time, but Blake will wait and see how he feels.
"It's something I've been dealing with for the last couple games. I've been trying to push through it, but tonight it was hurting pretty bad," Blake said. "I think I can try to play through anything, but I don't know if it would be good for me to try and play through it because it will probably never heal. It's one of those things where we have to make a decision."
Blake has averaged 5.1 points per game and 3.4 assists per game.  His play has helped keep the Lakers afloat while they deal with Nash's injury among others.

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