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Steve Blake out at least 6 weeks with torn elbow ligament

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Steve Blake is the third point guard injured.  (USATSI)
Steve Blake is the third point guard injured. (USATSI)

The Lakers were already short at point guard with Steve Nash unable to play due to myriad issues in his back and hip, and Jordan Farmar's hamstring injury. Now they'e entirely depleted. The team announced Thursday that Steve Blake will miss at least 6 weeks with a torn ligament in his elbow. From the Lakers:

Lakers guard Steve Blake had an MRI and was examined today by team doctor Steve Lombardo and Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Blake was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.

Blake suffered the injury in the second half of the Lakers vs. Sacramento game on November 24. In 21 games this season (21 starts), Blake is averaging 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 31.8 minutes.

Blake had been a huge part of the Lakers' surprising early season success, thriving under Mike D'Antoni with the freedom afforded in his season for point guards. Apparently the injury is pretty serious but Blake's trying to avoid losing the season with surgery.

Without Blake, the Lakers are going to have to hope Nash gets back at some point or run Nick Young (gasp), Kobe Bryant (cringe) or Xavier Henry (wince) at point guard. It puts a lot of stress on a team still struggling to adapt to the return of Bryant from Achilles injury. If the Lakers want to continue to strive for the playoffs, their stated goal, you'd have to think they'll enter into trade talks at some point.

ESPN LA reports the Lakers are considering reaching out to Leandro Barbosa who has experience in D'Antoni's system and is playing in Brazil, but they have not reached out to him yet. The plan right now is to use Bryant and Meeks.

Oh, by the way, the Lakers play the Thunder Friday.

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