Lakers' Steve Blake back at practice

Updated: February 8, 2012, 5:56 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- The much maligned Los Angeles Lakers bench could receive an unexpected boost Thursday against the Boston Celtics.

Lakers guard Steve Blake was medically cleared and returned to practice Wednesday and will be a game-time decision for the Celtics game after being out of the lineup since Jan. 11 with a costrochaondral fracture, which is the a fracture of the cartilage connecting the rib to the sternum.

"I've just been patient with it, trying to let it heal," Blake said. "I really ...

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