This hectic season just keeps coming at you. It is already becoming a difficult task trying to keep track of who is injured, who is tired and who is just flat out not cutting it (looking at you Metta). Each game Mike Brown’s rotation changes as players sit and play for various reasons.
Some nights guys are tired. Some nights they’re just ineffective. And then there is the injury factor.
Against the Phoenix Suns the Lakers were only able to suit up 9 players. That number could have easily shrunk to 8 after Steve Blake suffered a rib injury. Taking a page out of the Kobe Bryant book on toughing it out, Blake dealt with the pain a soldiered on.
Then last night in Utah Blake aggravated the injury again and had to come out of the game never to return. After an MRI today he’s being listed as day-to-day.
After the Lakers’ bench began the year as a pleasant surprise the wheels have really come off. Josh McRoberts hasn’t played in over a week due to a toe injury. Troy Murphy is dealing with some problems of his own and now Blake could be out of action.
While Blake’s injury provides an opportunity for rookie Darius Morris it also furthers the frustrations of the Lakers’ ineffective point guard play.
As it stands Blake has been running circles around veteran Derek Fisher. Brown’s faith in Blake has led to the former Maryland Terrapin getting more PT than D-Fish despite the fact that he’s not even starting.
Hopefully these issues won’t linger throughout the year. Already dealing with depth issues this could become the kiss of the death if injuries creep into the starting lineup as well.