Injury Update: Blake Progressing

Lakers backup point guard Steve Blake, who underwent surgery on Dec. 5 to repair a torn abdominal muscle, continued to ramp things up in his rehab on Saturday, going through a scrimmage with teammates after practice and also doing some running on his own, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.

“He’s going to play pretty soon,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know when that is, but he’s working his way back. Every day will be a test for him. If he keeps passing those barriers, you’ll see him soon.”

Earlier this week on Thursday, the Maryland product was cleared for 2-on-2 workouts.

Prior to surgery, Blake developed complications along his abductor, and even after the procedure and during rehab, he developed more complications. The training staff and team doctor Steve Lombardo had been monitoring Blake’s progress after he received a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Jan. 11.

The Lakers first-year coach hinted at the possibility of him playing as early as Tuesday against New Orleans.

“I think he’s got a shot,” he said. “Now that’s me talking, but he’s got a shot.”