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Friday, January 13, 2012
Blake out, McRoberts, Murphy, Kapono in vs. Cleveland

By Brian Kamenetzky

Dave McMenamin has the news.

Bottom line, the Lakers get some much needed help in the frontcourt behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Gasol particularly piled up minutes in games against Phoenix and Utah without Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy available, so I'm sure he'll be excited to see them back.

Jason Kapono, who had been with his wife following the birth of twin daughters, will also be in uniform.

Steve Blake's absence -- he's not expected to play Saturday against the Clippers, either -- puts pressure on Derek Fisher, likely to get more minutes, and means a promotion for rookie Darius Morris, who played for the first time this season Wednesday in Salt Lake City. I don't think I'm revealing state secrets when I say the Lakers don't exactly have a wealth of depth at the point, so losing Blake even for a few games hurts.

Hopefully it's not much longer than that, because the guy likely to pick up at least some of the slack in ball handling and facilitiating is Kobe Bryant. He's more than capable, obviously, but has a pretty full dance card already.