According to Serena Winters, Los Angels Lakers guard Steve Blake is expected to miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
With injuries to Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash, Blake had been taking the majority of the point guard duties for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant has played some, since his return, and it appears that he’ll have to play more of that position from now on.
Here were a few interesting quotes from Mike D’Antoni regarding the “point guard” philosophy with the return of Kobe and Blake’s sudden ascendence:
“I don’t want to lose Steve because I think he should (handle the ball). They’ll split,” D’Antoni said. “But Kobe is going to have the ball a lot and is going to make a lot of plays.”
“Steve will bring it up. He’s the point guard. But if Kobe rebounds, he’ll push it,” D’Antoni said. “If the ball is swung around, it’ll be in Kobe’s hands and he’ll be making a play. They just have to play off each other.”
Blake had been averaging 9.8 points and 7.7 assists in about 32 minutes per game this season.