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Is Steve Blake afraid to shoot?

March 8, 2011 |  8:15 am

Steveblake The numbers suggest he is.

Steve Blake continues to be one of the glum spots in the Lakers otherwise splendid seven-game win streak. Then again, he’s been pretty much a dud all season.

Consider that Blake, now in his eighth season in the league and his first with the Lakers, is averaging one shot every five-plus minutes of playing time for the Lakers.

And when he does shoot, he’s probably going to miss.

Blake is shooting a dismal 35.4% from the field this season, second-worst of any season in his career, and averaging a career-low 4.1 points.

Things looked a lot different last summer when Mitch Kupchak signed Blake. At the time, it seemed to make great sense. Derek Fisher was about to turn 36 and Blake, a career 39.3% three-point shooter entering this season, rarely turned over the ball and he could split time at the point with Fisher and provide some extra offense.

Yet, during virtually every Lakers game I hear some fan cry out, “Blake just passed up another open shot."

You can’t make ‘em if you don’t shoot ‘em. And when Blake does shoot ‘em, he doesn’t make ‘em.

-Barry Stavro

Photo: Steve Blake on the bench during a Lakers-Grizzlies game at Staples Center in January. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire.