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Steve Blake injury: Lakers guard out Tuesday

The nine-year veteran will miss his fourth consecutive game with an abdominal strain.

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without point guard Steve Blake when they play host to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. The nine-year veteran will miss his fourth consecutive game with an abdominal strain.

Darius Morris will get the start at point guard in place of the injured Blake. Morris had his best game of the season on Sunday in the Lakers 119-108 win over the Houston Rockets, scoring 12 points and tallying five assists while shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The Lakers point guard position has been in flux since the loss of Steve Nash in the team's second game of the season. With Blake on the shelf, it's likely Chris Duhon will see increased minutes in a backup role.

Tipoff for Tuesday night's game is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT at Staples Center and the game will be televised nationally on NBA TV and locally on Time Warner SportsNet.