Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

D’Antoni says Steve Blake could return Tuesday


Point guard play has always been a source of consternation for Lakers fans, but the issues there were supposed to be all taken care of with the offseason acquisition of Steve Nash.

Nash has missed the last 10 games with a non-displaced leg fracture, however, and while the majority of his time missed due to the injury appears to be behind him, there’s no exact date slated for his return.

The Lakers backup point guard, Steve Blake, has also missed time with an injury. An abdominal strain has kept him sidelined for the last five games, but he might be back as soon as Tuesday when L.A. hosts the Pacers, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles daily News.

Mike D’Antoni has had nothing but positive things to say about Blake since joining the Lakers, so we’ll see if he can get a more consistent performance from him than we’ve seen over the past couple of seasons.

Blake averaged 5.2 points and 3.3 assists in 53 games for the Lakers last season, while shooting just 33.5 percent from three-point distance.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.