Backup Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake will miss tonight’s game against the Spurs — and potentially several more — after he contracted chicken pox.
Blake’s wife Kristen and also said that he didn’t get the infection from his three young sons.
“And before anyone asks NO my kids didn’t give it to him,” Blake’s wife tweeted. “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.”
Blake has struggled from the field this season, hitting 35.9 percent. But converted three 3-pointers against Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Also, he’s a better defensive player than Derek Fisher and likely would have matched up often with Tony Parker in Tuesday’s game. It will mean that Shannon Brown will get more playing time and could mean that Kobe Bryant could get some time running the point.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Lakers backup forward Matt Barnes and his availability will be a game-time decision. Barnes had surgery on the same knee three months ago to repair torn cartilage. The injury flared up again Monday, causing him to miss practice.
The Lakers come into the game with a five-game losing streak — longest in the Pau Gasol area. Coach Phil Jackson will be challenged to beat the Spurs with a limited rotation missing those two players.