Lakers guard Steve Blake was diagnosed with an abdominal strain on Monday, and has been ruled out of Tuesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs. Blake appeared to suffer the injury during the Lakers' 103-90 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. After Tuesday, Blake is considered day-to-day, and may be back for the Lakers' next game on Friday against the Phoenix Suns.
Blake, in his 10th season out of Maryland, is averaging 5.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game through seven games this year.
The injury is more bad news for the Lakers, as they're already thin situation at point guard. Steve Nash has missed the past five games with a leg injury, and is expected to miss at least another week. This leaves Chris Duhon and Darius Morris as the only healthy point guards left on the roster for the beginning of Mike D'Antoni's tenure with the team. D'Antoni's system relies heavily on the point, so Blake's injury has come at basically the worst possible time.