Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Blake out for 6 weeks

Nov 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (5) puts up a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bad news for the Los Angeles Lakers — according to the team’s official Twitter account, Steve Blake has suffered an elbow injury and is set to miss six weeks of NBA action.

Injury Update. Steve Blake has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

(via Los Angeles Lakers Twitter)

The Lakers are already short in their backcourt, with Steve Nash missing the majority of the season so far. Nash is seemingly getting closer to a return, but even if he eventually comes back his minutes will likely be limited.

In the short-term, this likely means a whole lot more minutes for Jordan Farmar, who has been playing relatively well since returning to the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant also has two games under his belt so far this season and he has looked like a willing passer and facilitator on offense so far. This could mean that Bryant will be taking over more of the ball-handling duties.

In Nash’s absence, Blake has been playing well this season and is averaging 9.8 points, 7.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, all while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

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