More minutes for Steve Blake, fewer for Derek Fisher

Lakers coach Mike Brown said he would probably give backup point guard Steve Blake more minutes than starter Derek Fisher. Blake was sidelined for 13 games because of a rib/sternum injury, but now that he’s back and reasonably healthy, he’s the one to play bigger minutes, according to Brown.

“Before Steve Blake got hurt, Steve Blake was closing games for us so Fish wasn’t playing as much,” Brown said before tonight’s game against the Suns in Phoenix. “Steve Blake gets hurt, I’ve got two rookies as my backups, so Fish’s minutes go up. Steve Blake gets healthy, so Fish’s minutes are probably going to go back down. I’ve talked to Fish and Steve about it. Right now, I like the way both of them are playing, but I think Steve is giving us a little bit more.”