Lakers' Blake expected to play in Game 2
Steve Blake practiced Monday and said he would play in Game 2 on Wednesday in the first-round playoff series against New Orleans.
The Lakers guard missed three games because of chickenpox. He can only help the effort to stop Chris Paul.
Paul torched the Lakers for 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in Game 1, earning a piece of history with his performance.
It was only the fifth time that a player had that many points, assists and rebounds in the playoffs, and the first time it ever happened on the road. Oscar Robertson reached those levels twice, and Magic Johnson and Walt Frazier each did it once.
"We just have to be more attentive," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "Support. It's about helping our guards out."
The Lakers weren't fretting about Pau Gasol's on-court disappearance in Game 1. Gasol had eight points, made two of nine shots and took only six rebounds in almost 38 minutes.
"He's an All-Star player," Jackson said, quashing the concept of Gasol's struggling again in Game 2. "He's pretty good."
Neither Gasol nor Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters Monday.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Lakers guard Steve Blake drives to the hoop as Atlanta Hawks' Marvin Williams, left, and Jamal Crawford, right, try to stop him during the fourth period at the Staples Center Feb. 22, 2011. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times