Steve Blake out indefinitely with chicken pox; sore Matt Barnes a game-time decision
Steve Blake has chicken pox and is out indefinitely. Matt Barnes has a sore right knee and will be a game-time decision. Barnes had surgery on the same knee three months ago to repair torn cartilage. It flared up Monday, forcing him to miss practice.
Barnes is averaging 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Blake hasn't shot well this season (35.9%) but had three three-pointers Sunday against Oklahoma City.
Blake's wife, Kristen, had some updates on her Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
"And before anyone asks NO my kids didn't give it to him," she wrote. "They were vaccinated and are healthy. No clue where or how Steve got chicken pox.
"I'll have him healthy and back in no time. Good luck tonight to the rest of the guys."
The Blakes have three young sons.
The Lakers (55-25) have lost five consecutive games and are half a game behind Dallas for second place in the Western Conference. They lead fourth-place Oklahoma City by only half a game. The Lakers would win tie-breakers with both teams.
- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Steve Blake drives to the hoop against Atlanta's Marvin Williams in February. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times