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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Lakers' Steve Blake day to day

By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that veteran point guard Steve Blake has suffered a costochondral fracture, which is a fracture of the cartilage connecting the rib to the sternum. He is considered day to day, and will be re-evaluated later this week.

Blake originally suffered the injury Tuesday night in the Lakers' victory over the Phoenix Suns, then aggravated it the following night in the third quarter against the Jazz in Utah. He left the game and did not return.

An MRI exam Thursday revealed the damage.

Blake, averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 assists in 12 games, is averaging just over 24 minutes per game. In his absence, rookie second-round draft choice Darius Morris made his NBA debut Wednesday, scoring four points and adding two assists in 13 minutes against Utah.

The Lakers next play Friday night against Cleveland at Staples Center, then against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday.

Brian Kamenetzky is a co-author of the Land O' Lakers blog.