Steve Blake Injury: Updates on Lakers Guard's Hamstring

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 25, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21:  Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at  at AT&T Center on April 21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake injured his hamstring on Wednesday night as the Lakers fell 102-91 to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2. 

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:

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Metta World Peace (knee), Steve Nash (back, etc), Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Steve Blake (hamstring) are all out for Game 4.

---End of update---

UPDATE: Thursday, Apr. 25, at 3:49 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The latest injury news is not good for Blake. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Blake is out indefinitely with his hamstring injury:

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

Lakers just announced Steve Blake (hamstring) out indefinitely and Steve Nash (hip/hamstring) & Jodie Meeks (ankle) doubtful for Game 3

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Lakers.com writer Mike Trudell tweeted Blake's status after the game:

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

As if LAL needed another injury to a guard: @SteveBlake5 has a hamstring strain. Expect him to be evaluated tomorrow.

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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