Bernie Bickerstaff: Steve Blake game-time decision against Phoenix Suns

So many unanswered questions center around the Lakers’ game tonight against the Phoenix Suns.

Has Steve Blake healed enough from a lower abdomen injury to start at point guard in the place of the injured Steve Nash?

“It’s a game-time decision,” Lakers interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “We’re not quite sure.”

Would Darius Morris and/or Chris Duhon take primary backup duties? Or will Bickerstaff resort to Kobe Bryant playing at the point as he did in the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to San Antonio?

That’s a possibility. He’s versatile and it helped us in terms of Metta [World Peace] playing on the backcourt defensively,” Bickerstaff said. “Metta on Tony Parker was pretty good. That happens when you have the smaller guards like Chris Paul and Parker, you try to put some size. You can inhibit him somewhat.”

More importantly, how will the Lakers handle the transition process regarding Mike D’Antoni’s acclimation with the team? This marks Bickerstaff’s last game as interim coach, so where will D’Antoni watch the game?

“We’re not that close,” Bickerstaff said. “We’ll have some interaction. I was hopeful he would interact on that seat. That’s not the case. We’ve been talking. He understands what he wants to do and what he’s implemented. We’ll just go out and try.”

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