Lakers are left with no healthy point guard in short-term.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake has been ruled out for six weeks with an elbow injury but will not require surgery to repair the damage.
The Lakers confirmed that Blake had suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow following an MRI scan, after picking up the injury in the 116-111 loss to the Washington Wizards on November 26.
As a result, he will now miss the upcoming road trip through Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Atlanta and Memphis, and will instead visit a doctor on Friday to undergo a platelet-rich plasma injection into the tear.
“If I was a baseball player, I probably would have surgery but we’re thinking with time and a PRP injection, we think that will be sufficient enough to heal it up,” Blake said, according to ESPN.
WIth Steve Nash sidelined with on-going back issues and Jordan Farmar suffering a hamstring tear which has forced him to miss the last three games, coach Mike D’Antoni is desperately short of options in his back-court.
However, reports suggest that they have no immediate plans to add a point guard to their roster either through free agency, trade or a D-League call-up.
While D’Antoni bemoaned the Lakers’ luck after another innocuous clash has led to a long-term injury, he has revealed that Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks will now be his starting back-court with Xavier Henry likely to continue to provide the spark off the bench.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how Bryant reacts to his increased responsibility and minutes, having only made three appearances since his comeback from an Achilles injury which had ruled him out since April.