Kobe Bryant is expected to be the Lakers' new starting point guard.
As he worked his way back from the Achilles' injury, he'll jump right into the fire Friday night, matching up against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Lakers announced Thursday that Steve Blake is out with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Jordan Farmar is still grounded with a torn hamstring. Steve Nash is trying to work his way through back issues after playing just six games this season.
Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 assists a game. He missed three games at the start of the season after knee surgery, but hasn't lost much, if any, of his athleticism.