Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Steve Blake is back and Lakers hope that's the end of the chickenpox story

Reserve guard plays for the first time in four games while the team hopes the three players who haven't had the illness — Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum — stay healthy.

Are the Lakers done with chickenpox?

A Lakers official knocked on a nearby table. Hard. It wasn't even wood, but the point was understood.

The Lakers have plenty on their minds right now, but they're hoping for the best medically for another handful of days. Steve Blake was diagnosed with the illness April 12, and the typical incubation period is two weeks.

Three Lakers have never had chickenpox — Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum — but they've all had the vaccine in the past, reducing the chances of getting it.More

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