Lakers Point Guards Nearing Return

ts_140203blake670Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all participated in a second straight practice on Monday before the Lakers departed for their three-game road trip.

“They’re all good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think they’re all ready to go. There’s a possibility all three could play (at Minnesota).”

Blake addressed the media post practice and did not explicitly state he’d suit up at Minnesota, but acknowledged he’s felt much better with two consecutive days of practice.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I felt pretty good today. We’ll see how I feel when I wake up and go from there.”

Blake had averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 assists prior to injury, including a stretch of four straight games of at least 10 dimes. The Maryland product has been sidelined eight-plus weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Farmar, who has been out of action for one-month plus, echoed similar sentiments regarding his imminent return.

“I’m not sure about tomorrow,” Farmar said. “We’ll see. I’m available if they allow me (to play).”

Kobe Bryant (knee) and Pau Gasol (groin) will not accompany the team on the road, instead staying back in Los Angeles to rehab. As for who will replace Gasol in the starting unit, the coaching staff again remained mum about naming a definitive starter.

Chris Kaman has started a total of five games this season (11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 46.4 percent field goals), most recently two games in late December while Gasol dealt with an upper respiratory infection. The 7-footer, however, has not seen extended game action in more than two-plus weeks.

“I’m just trying to be patient and take advantage of the opportunities I’m given,” Kaman said. “I’ve done this long enough to know what I need to do. Just let the game feel itself cause it’s going to be moving fast. You just have to try to make adjustments as it goes and be patient.”