Blake out at least six weeks

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake will miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake will miss at least six weeks with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The injury was diagnosed after an MRI by team physician Steve Lombardo and Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Blake was hurt in the second half of a 116-111 loss to the Washington Wizards on November 26.

In a related development, New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton will be out two to three weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Multiple media outlets reported the Knicks are now talking with the Toronto Raptors about getting Kyle Lowry, who became available when the Raptors picked up Greivis Vasquez in the Rudy Gay trade. For now, Pablo Prigioni is expected to start in place of Felton.

Meanwhile, LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers top the Eastern Conference, and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Western Conference after the first returns of the NBA All-Star balloting.

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