Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images North America
Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images North America

The long layoff is almost over for Steve Blake. The point guard announced via his official twitter account that he will finally be back to action against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Blake has missed the last 36 games due to an abdominal muscle tear suffered against the Sacramento Kings on November 11th.

It was not an easy recovery for Blake. The nine-year veteran underwent surgery on December 5th, and faced an onslaught of medical complications before and after the procedure. Prior to the injury, Blake was averaging 5.1 points and 3.4 assists per game, while making 40% of his 3-point shot attempts.

The Lakers will certainly welcome back Blake’s feistiness and experience off the bench, and he should be reinserted to his original duty of backing up Steve Nash.