NBA roundup: Lakers keep losing point guards
Blake to miss at least 6 weeks with torn UCL
The Los Angeles Lakers lost another point guard to injury on Thursday.
The team announced that Steve Blake will miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The injury was diagnosed after an MRI by team physician Steve Lombardo and Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
Blake was hurt in the second half of a 116-111 loss to the Washington Wizards on Nov. 26.
The Lakers already were hurting at point guard with veteran Steve Nash sidelined with back and hip problems and Jordan Farmar dealing with a hamstring injury. The latest injury will force coach Mike D'Antoni to turn to Kobe Bryant, Nick Young or Xavier Henry at the point.
Blake was off to a good start this season. He started all 21 games he played and averaged 9.8 points, 7.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 31.8 minutes.
--New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton will be out two to three weeks with a strained left hamstring, the team announced Thursday.
Multiple media outlets reported the Knicks are now talking with the Toronto Raptors about getting Kyle Lowry, who became available when the Raptors picked up Greivis Vasquez in the Rudy Gay trade. For now, Pablo Prigioni is expected to start in place of Felton.
Felton aggravated a pre-existing left hamstring injury in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night while driving to the basket. Felton also missed Wednesday's win over the Chicago Bulls. An MRI taken Thursday confirmed the injury.
Felton is averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 assists in 32 minutes this season.
--LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers top the Eastern Conference, and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Western Conference after the first returns of the NBA All-Star balloting.
James, the reigning NBA MVP and finals MVP, is the overall leader with 609,336 votes and Durant is second with 607,407 votes.
James, George (489,335) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (424,211) pace the Eastern Conference's frontcourt players.
--The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard/forward Carrick Felix, guard/forward Sergey Karasev and center Henry Sims from the Canton Charge, the team announced Thursday.
All three appeared in Wednesday night's 94-91 overtime win over Tulsa in Canton. Felix finished with five points, five rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes, Karasev added 16 points and three rebounds in 30 minutes and Sims had 12 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes.