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2013 NBA Playoffs: Lakers guard Steve Blake’s Game 2 injury epitomizes season

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The Los Angeles Lakers might have just lost more than Game 2 at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.

Steve Blake strained his hamstring in the Lakers’ 102-91 loss, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The guard was spotted limping in the fourth quarter and sat on the bench for about the last five minutes of the game.  Further test verify that the 33-year-old guard suffered at moderate hamstring strain and is out indefinitely.

The Lakers’ have been dealing with injuries during the regular season and into the playoffs. Guard Jodie Meeks was ruled out of prior to Game 2 with a sprained ankle. Steve Nash will undergo a third epidural for his hip and hamstring injuries. Kobe Bryant will be out for the playoff with his torn Achilles Tendon.

Needless to say, the Lakers are beat up. The only Lakers who have not been sidelined by injury this season are Robert Sacre, Chris Duhon and Andrew Goudelock. Everyone else has missed games for injuries.

It is understandable. Every season has injuries. Players need days off and sprains and bruises happen here and there. Some teams just get that misfortune of injuries on key players, but at what point do you stop blaming it on bad luck?

When the injuries are happening to almost everyone, the problem has to be systematic.

Kobe Bryant suffered the worst injury of his career this season. He was playing at an unheard of pace, even for him. He was constantly on triple-double watch from the amount of play production he had to generate with Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard all being injured, albeit at different times. Kobe maintained that type of play right up until his season-ending injury.

The trend tends to be that whomever is creating plays is the next one to get stung by the injury bug. Lakers players are playing beyond their 100-percent because they have no choice. This time it has stung Blake and he was playing the best basketball of his career once he recovered from his abdominal strain. Blake caught the “Mamba mentality”, which required him to produce to the point that his body wouldn’t let him anymore.

Mike D’Antoni‘s system was suppose to create opportunities for the responsibility of scoring and play-making to be distributed. Instead, players are playing at full speed to make up for the lack thereof and getting hurt in the process.

Gasol was on triple-double fire at the end of the regular season. I imagine if Blake is out for the rest of the playoffs, it won’t be long until the Spaniard is too. That is if the Lakers aren’t eliminated first.

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Eldrick Bone

Eldrick Bone was born and raised in Los Angeles and has devoted his professional life to revolve around sports. A journalism graduate of California State University, Northridge, Eldrick served as a sports writer, reporter and anchor for the school’s broadcast news program, Valley View News. He was previously the host of the sports radio show, In the Sports Booth on SkidRow studios.