Terrible news out of Laker land this morning as the Lakers announced that Steve Blake will be out a minimum of six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Injury Update. Steve Blake has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 12, 2013
Steve Blake said he originally hurt his right elbow on the road against Washington.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 12, 2013
This is a crucial blow to the already injury-decimated Lakers as they currently have no healthy point guards. Blake joins Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar on the injured list.
Blake has stepped up his game since Nash went down earlier in the season, averaging 9.8 points and 7.7 assists in 31 minutes per game this season. He has played a big part in keeping the team afloat as they waited for the return of Kobe Bryant.
Blake said today that he will not have surgery but will instead get Platalet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy on his elbow.
The Lakers have an open roster spot, so it is more than likely that they will add someone in the near future. An interesting name to keep an eye on is Leandro Barbosa, who is playing in Brazil with Club Pinheiros and has fully recovered from his leg injury. He knows Mike D’Antoni’s system from Phoenix and seems like a logical choice.
It should be noted that Barbosa has an out-clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the NBA.
In the meantime, D’Antoni says Kobe and Jodie Meeks will be the starters. Kobe will be the primary ball handler in the offense until other options are brought it.
We here at Laker Nation wish Steve Blake a fast and speedy recovery!