Steve Blake’s Injury Means LA Lakers Need Healthy Steve Nash Now More Than Ever

The Los Angeles Lakers seem to have a bit of a depth problem at the point guard spot, especially now that we've learned that Steve Blake's injury is more serious than we previously thought.

Blake initially left a game between the Lakers and the Sacramento Kings on November 11th with a lower abdominal strain. It wasn't too concerning then, because it seemed as if Steve Nash would be back on the court in just a matter of days.

Then Nash's return was pushed back, as was Blake's. 

Here we are, nearly a month later, and it has come out that Blake is going to need surgery to repair a torn lower abdominal muscle.


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  

Now, Blake was never going to be the answer to the Lakers' problems at the point guard spot, but he would have been a much better stop-gap than they've gotten from Chris Duhon and Darius Morris.

In fact, the Lakers were 3-2 in games with Blake starting from the point guard spot. If anything else, he gave them a sense of continuity as he's one of the few players who have been with this team for more than a season.

Blake was at least having some success at running the point at times, averaging 3.4 assists compared to just 2.8 from Duhon and 2.5 from Morris.

So Blake will be out for the next two months, and the Lakers are still waiting for Nash to get back on the court after breaking his left fibula in the second game of the season.

The latest prognosis on Nash is about the same as the last few prognoses. His return is pushed back at least another week, but closer to two weeks as he's still unable to run.

A lot of good that does the Lakers now.

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