Despite playing in limited practices for the first time in over two months, Lakers guard Steve Blake will have to wait some more before playing in an actual game.
The Lakers have penciled out Blake for the team’s upcoming three-game trip with stops against the Toronto Raptors (Sunday), Chicago Bulls (Monday) and Memphis Grizzlies (Wednesday). After visiting sports hernia specialist Dr. Bill Brown in Las Vegas on Thursday, Blake is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot in his groin area on Sunday.
Blake has stayed sidelined since Nov. 11 and had abdominal surgery in early December. Although Lakers Dr. Steve Lombardo has said Blake’s abdomen healed, he has nursed persistent pain in his groin area near his inner thigh. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday, but Blake said he hasn’t felt the intended effects yet.
“We’ll take a week to let (the cortisone shot) settle and then we’ll start ramping him up,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We don’t have a timetable, but we’ll be re-evaluated in a week and we’ll see. Hopefully for his sake and ours that he’s able to play pretty soon.”
Blake has played in seven games, averaging 5.1 points on 35.3 percent shooting and 3.4 assists in 26 minutes as the team’s backup point guard. Although he hasn’t played for him, D’Antoni considers Blake an ideal fit for his system because of his playmaking instincts.
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