(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Lakers can’t seem to keep their point guards healthy as Steve Blake is the latest player to hit the sidelines.
Blake is expected to miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
The Lakers are already without starting point guard Steve Nash due to a nerve root irritation as well as reserve point guard Jordan Farmar, who suffered a hamstring tear.
Blake, 33, had been filling in for Nash in his 11th NBA season. In 21 games this season, Blake averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 assists per game.
“I think for the time being we’re going to roll with what we’ve got,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “To find a player that doesn’t belong to somebody right now that can come in and play in front of Kobe [Bryant], in front of Xavier [Henry], in front of Jodie [Meeks], it’s unlikely.”
Through 21 games, the Lakers are 10-11 and 13th in the Western Conference standings.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN