Steve Nash, Steve Blake ruled out Tuesday vs. Indiana

The wait for the Lakers to restore their full backcourt continues.

Both Steve Nash and Steve Blake will sit out when the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers Tuesday at Staples Center, though team spokesman John Black said the two are “slowly improving” from their respective injuries.

Nash, who has missed 12 games because of a small, non-displaced fracture in his left fibula, was scheduled to receive an MRI on Monday. But the Lakers canceled those plans so Nash could participate in unspecified on-court drills in the next two days and see how his body responds. Nash also had worked out with strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had hoped Blake would return so long as he participated in Monday’s practice. But he missed today’s sessions in favor of more therapy on his lower abdominal strain. Blake has missed the past seven games.

That means the Lakers will continue featuring a backcourt with Darius Morris and Chris Duhon. Kobe Bryant has also shared ball handling duties.

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