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Lakers' Blake to miss six weeks with elbow injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost another point guard to injury on Thursday.

The team announced that Steve Blake will miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The injury was diagnosed after an MRI by team physician Steve Lombardo and Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Blake was hurt in the second half of the Lakers' 116-111 loss to the Washington Wizards on Nov. 26.

The Lakers already were hurting at point guard with veteran Steve Nash sidelined with back and hip problems and Jordan Farmar dealing with a hamstring injury.

The latest injury will force coach Mike D'Antoni to turn to Kobe Bryant, who recently returned from an Achilles tear, Nick Young or Xavier Henry at the point.

Blake was off to a good start this season. He started all 21 games he played and averaged 9.8 points, 7.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 31.8 minutes.

The 33-year-old Blake is hoping to avoid season-ending. He indicated that his treatment would include a PRP injection.

"If I was a baseball player, I'd probably have surgery," Blake said.
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