Steve Blake Injury: Updates on Lakers Guard's Hamstring
UPDATE: Saturday, Apr. 27, at 5:27 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell, Blake will sit out for Game 4:
Metta World Peace (knee), Steve Nash (back, etc), Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Steve Blake (hamstring) are all out for Game 4.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 27, 2013
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UPDATE: Thursday, Apr. 25, at 3:49 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Lakers just announced Steve Blake (hamstring) out indefinitely andSteve Nash (hip/hamstring) & Jodie Meeks (ankle) doubtful for Game 3— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 25, 2013
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Lakers.com writer Mike Trudell tweeted Blake's status after the game:
As if LAL needed another injury to a guard: @steveblake5 has a hamstring strain. Expect him to be evaluated tomorrow.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 25, 2013
Blake started limping late in the fourth quarter and exited the game with 4:50 remaining on the clock. He was looked at on the sideline and didn't return to the ballgame.
Before exiting the game, Blake was carrying the Lakers offense with Steve Nash less than 100 percent. Blake scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, collected six rebounds and had two assists on the game.
Down 2-0 to the Spurs in the opening round, the Lakers could be in major trouble if Blake is forced to miss time. Nash's status remains up in the air following his various injury issues. He limped his way through the game without being able to have much of an impact. If Blake is out, the Lakers would have to rely heavily on Darius Morris and the recently added Andrew Goudelock to contribute big minutes at the guard spots.
In addition to dealing with Nash's injury, shooting guard Jodie Meeks missed Game 2 with a sprained ankle, and of course, Kobe Bryant is out for the postseason with his torn Achilles.
Game 3 will be played on Friday, April 26 at 10:30 p.m. ET. With the series moving to games every other day, the timing for this injury couldn't have been worse. Injuries have dominated the narrative of the Lakers' season thus far, and the playoffs have been no different.
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