Steve Blake Injury: Updates on Lakers PG's Abdominal Strain

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2012

The bad injury news for the Los Angeles Lakers backcourt continues. Point guard Steve Blake suffered an abdominal strain in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings in the Staples Center.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 11:51 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Steve Blake will make his return to the Lakers tonight, the point guard announced on Twitter.

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UPDATE: Monday, December 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Lakers fans, but you won't be seeing Blake in action for the next month or so. From the official Lakers Twitter account:

Steve Blake will undergo laproscopic surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.It is expected that Blake will miss a min of 6 to 8 weeks.

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 3, 2012

Steve Nash can't come back soon enough.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 28 at 6:28 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Following an MRI exam on Wednesday, Steve Blake will reportedly miss at least two weeks with his abdominal strain, according to Mike Trudell of

Trudell tweeted:

Steve Blake will be out at least two more weeks with his abdominal strain, as revealed by an MRI exam taken today.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 28, 2012


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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 28 at 9:39 a.m. ET

Steve Blake still isn't ready to return to action, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin per Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Blake has missed the Lakers' past seven games because of his abdomen strain. 

'It's going to be a little while,' D'Antoni said of Blake. 'He said he felt better (Tuesday) but he still feels it a little bit, and he can't feel that when he starts to practice. Then if he doesn't feel it in practice, then he'll play.'

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 26 at 4:55 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to Mark Medina at, Blake—along with fellow point guard Steve Nash—will miss yet another game on Tuesday:

Both Steve Nash and Steve Blake will sit out when the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers Tuesday at Staples Center, though team spokesman John Black said the two are “slowly improving” from their respective injuries.

Darius Morris will once again start in their place. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2:26 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Steve Blake has been ruled out of the Lakers' Tuesday night matchup with the Brooklyn Nets according to L.A. Daily News beat writer Mark Medina via Twitter:

Steve Blake is still out tonight. Another start for Darius Morris

— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) November 20, 2012


Darius Morris will start his fourth game in place of the injured point guard on Tuesday.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to Mike Trudell of, Blake missed yet another practice on Monday:

Neither Steve Nash/Steve Blake practiced today, both getting treatment. Right now, Nash is doing cardio on an elliptical.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 8:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to The Orange County Register reporter Kevin Ding, Blake will not play Tuesday night versus the San Antonio Spurs:

Steve Blake (minor abdominal strain) has been ruled out by the Lakers for tomorrow night vs. San Antonio. Morris and Duhon are left at PG.

— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) November 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott nearly got her sports mixed up, but managed to report good news on Blake's status not long after he left the game:

Lakers' Steve Blake returns after getting treatment for abdominal strain...and yes i nearly typed Rob Blake.

— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) November 12, 2012

The last thing the Lakers needed was another injury to the backcourt with PG Steve Nash already out and Kobe Bryant gutting through various pains as usual. Blake's return will help LA's chances immensely of pushing their record to 3-4 as the team tries to fight back from a rough early-season start.

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Mike Trudell of broke the official news on Twitter once Blake headed to the LA locker room:

Steve Blake has an abdominal strain suffered in that 1st Q; he's in the locker room w/Dr. Judy Seto. Questionable to return.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 12, 2012


Blake is already filling in for superstar offseason acquisition Steve Nash, who is dealing with a slight fracture in his left leg. Entering tonight's contest, the veteran guard was shooting just 34 percent from the floor. He hadn't scored but had two rebounds, two assists and one steal before leaving the game.

The fact that he may return to action is a good sign, but this doesn't make things any easier for LA, who entered the evening with a 2-4 record despite all the talent on the roster.

Rumors are abound that Phil Jackson will return to the sidelines as the team's head coach. In the interim role is Bernie Bickerstaff, who will have to reshuffle the lineup once more to accommodate Blake's absence should he not return to the game.

Former Michigan Wolverine guard Darius Morris, who was selected by the Lakers in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft, will be asked to fill in for Blake at the 2. 

The team's already tumultuous 2012-13 campaign won't be eased if Blake—typically a key contributor off the bench—misses any extended time. Blake has already had his share of injury issues, having never played a full 82-game season in his career. 

But this particular ailment doesn't sound too serious, and Blake should return to the lineup relatively soon.