Steve Blake Back in Action?

Lakers reserve point guard Steve Blake, who hasn’t played in a game since suffering a costochaondral fracture (fracture of the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum) on Jan. 11, practiced with the team on Wednesday in Boston for the first time.

Blake said he would like to play in the team’s Thursday evening game against Boston, but is officially a game time decision.

The second-year Laker was in a nice rhythm just before getting injured, and while he acknowledged that it will take him some time to get that back, the team is well aware of how valuable it will be to have Blake back on the floor.

In 12 games prior to the injury, Blake was averaging 7.3 points per game (fourth behind Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol) with 2.8 assists to 1.08 turnovers in 24.3 minutes.