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Steve Blake needs abdominal surgery, will miss 6 to 8 weeks

December 03, 2012|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers point guard Steve Nash high-fives teammate Steve Blake as he enters a preseason game against the Trail Blazers.
Lakers point guard Steve Nash high-fives teammate Steve Blake as he enters… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images…)

The Lakers announced Monday that guard Steve Blake will undergo laparoscopic surgery Wednesday to "repair a torn abdominal muscle."

The procedure, to be performed by Dr. Craig Smith, will sideline Blake another six to eight weeks.

Blake has been out of action since November 12, adding to the team's point guard woes with Steve Nash also out with a leg injury.  Darius Morris and Chris Duhon have filled in with mixed results.

Coach Mike D'Antoni noted after practice Monday that he is considering starting Duhon instead of Morris.

The Lakers are 8-9 so far this season, after dropping two of three this past week. They'll play seven of their next eight games on the road.

Nash could be seen shooting after practice.  D'Antoni noted his veteran point guard had ramped up his activity recently.  If Nash suffers no ill effects, he will continue to do more work until he is healthy enough to play.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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