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Injured Lakers G Blake expects to return Tuesday

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Los Angeles Lakers backup point guard Steve Blake announced via Twitter that he expects to be back from an abdominal strain on Tuesday.

Blake has been out with the injury since Nov. 11.

The Lakers host the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday.

"The #RoadtoRecovery was long, but I'm back for the @Lakers Tuesday night. #GoLakers," he wrote on Saturday night.

The injury required surgery. He also experienced pain in his groin that needed special plasma and cortisone shots to relieve the discomfort.

Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni told ESPN Los Angeles that he expects Blake to return soon, but would not confirm that he would be ready by Tuesday.

"He's going to play pretty soon," D'Antoni said. "I don't know when that is, but he's working his way back. I think he wants to get in some running so we'll see how that goes. Every day will be a test for him. If he keeps passing those barriers, then you'll see him on the court pretty soon."

In seven games this season, Blake is averaging 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 26 minutes.
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