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LOS ANGELES -- Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers without all three of their injured point guards. Wholesale Soccer Jerseys . Blake was hurt Nov. 26 in Washington, but kept playing until the Lakers team doctors diagnosed the tear this week. He has been starting in the absence of Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar, averaging 9.8 points and 7.7 assists in a strong season. "Its still a little bit in shock right now that Im having another injury and having to sit out," Blake said Thursday before the Lakers flight to Oklahoma City to open a four-game trip. "I was really enjoying the way things were going, so it is tough." Blakes injured ligament is typically repaired by the so-called Tommy John surgery in baseball players. Blake said he wont have surgery, but will attempt to return this season with rest and platelet-rich plasma injections. Blake played 39 minutes against Phoenix on Tuesday night, finishing with nine points and 10 assists. He has logged heavy minutes without Nash, who has been out since Nov. 10 with nerve root irritation, and Farmar, who tore his left hamstring Dec. 1. "Three (point guards), you would think, would be plenty enough to get you through the year," Blake said. "For all of us to be out at the same time is pretty rare, I think." Kobe Bryant, who just returned two games ago from an eight-month absence with a torn Achilles tendon, will fill in at point guard alongside Jodie Meeks. The Lakers (10-11) have fallen back below .500 after losing three of their last four, including both games with Bryant, who expressed wonder at Blakes ability to play so long with the injury. "We just got Kobe back, so I was looking forward to trying to get us all on the court and figuring things out," Blake said. "The one thing is, I will be back before the season is over, and I hope to finish the year strong, help us get into the playoffs and go from there." The Lakers didnt immediately sign another point guard to take pressure off Bryant and Meeks, but theyll likely play at least two weeks before Farmar returns. The two-time NBA champion was having a strong comeback season in his native Los Angeles, averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists as a backup, before getting hurt in a game against Portland. The 39-year-old Nash has given little indication his condition is improving despite constant rehabilitation work. The two-time MVP will rehab in Vancouver while the Lakers are on the road. Injuries are nothing new for Blake, who missed more than two months of last season with a torn abdominal muscle that required surgery in December 2012, allowing him to play in just 45 games. He also missed a chunk of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season with torn cartilage in his ribs. "You feel sorry for him," Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said. "Hes worked so hard and played so hard. Its a testament to his courage and toughness that he played about four or five games with a torn ligament in his elbow for shooting. He practiced left-handed, and then he would play right-handed. I hate it for him, but weve got enough players here. Well just have to close ranks and get it done." Stitched Soccer Jerseys . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Soccer Jerseys China . The weekend at Oriole Park has been less kind, with three players suffering varying degrees of injury. The worst ailment of the three, at least optically, is the deep bone bruise suffered by Adam Lind when he fouled a pitch off the top of his right foot in the sixth inning of Saturdays game. https://www.soccerjerseyschina.us/ .com) - Manu Ginobili capped off a 26-point night with a go-ahead layup with 24 seconds left in overtime, with the basket giving the San Antonio Spurs a much-needed 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.TORONTO - No single loss, no matter how embarrassing, tipped the scales. Some of the worst hockey actually came in victories, and the ugly trend was impossible to ignore.Midway through a season of inconsistent play, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Randy Carlyle, the old-school coach whose attempts to change his own style, and his teams, came to an abrupt end. Losers of seven of nine, the Leafs still found themselves in a playoff spot, something that underscores just how uneven theyve been through 40 games.Its been too much of a roller coaster, general manager Dave Nonis said Tuesday. Its not about one game or one stretch. We felt that we had to make that change today because of the direction this team is trending, that we need to move forward and try to get our team back to where it was when we were winning those games and do it on a consistent basis.Ultimately, inconsistency doomed Carlyle, a Stanley Cup-winning coach for the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 who led the Leafs to the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, their only trip to the post-season in the past 10 years.This year, Toronto endured back-to-back blowout losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators and flipped the switch to go 9-1-1 in its next 11 games.Even in some of the wins, Carlyle knew the way his team was performing wouldnt hold up. The Leafs are 21-16-3 with 45 points but havent looked like anything more than borderline playoff contenders.Because of that, Nonis said management, which includes president Brendan Shanahan and assistant GM Kyle Dubas, had been discussing the possibility of firing Carlyle for a while. A 2-5-0 road trip was the final straw.I think wed all agree weve had some good periods, good stretches, but I dont think I can stand here front of you and say that weve been consistent, Nonis said. We just felt at this point this was the right time to make the change and move ahead and try to get this team back playing like we have played for periods this season.That responsibility now falls to Peter Horachek and Steve Spott, Torontos first-year assistant coaches who will be behind the bench for Wednesday nights game against the Washington Capitals. Horachek ran the first practice of the post-Carlyle era, but the team has not given him or Spott an official title.Theres also no clarity on how long Horachek and Spott will be in charge or if the Leafs intend to hire a full-time coach at some point this season. Several experienced ones are available, including Pete DeBoer, who was recently fired by the New Jersey Devils and has connections to Spott and winger David Clarkson.Nonis said his focus was telling Carlyle of the decision Monday night, not on his long-term replacement.Theres a right way and a wrong way of doing it, Nonis said. We havent gotten that far yet. Well spend the next couple of days looking at our options.The Leafs returned home from their road trip over the weekend and practised outdoors Monday. Players came to the rink Tuesday morning and found out Carlyle was gone.Understandably, players were surprised by at least the timing of the move. Winger Phil Kessel said he did not see this coming.Ive been here a while now and we goo through these ups and downs, Kessel said. Clearance Soccer Jerseys. We havent been playing well; its not his fault. Hes a great coach, hes won a Cup and we didnt get it done for him.Captain Dion Phaneuf said players are always surprised at a big shake-up like this. But he also gets why it happened.In our business when you have the swings that weve had we havent been able to find consistency as a team and when you have a stretch of games that we just went through, when you have lost seven of nine, theres lots of questions being asked, Phaneuf said. As a team not being able to play well enough ... Randy has lost his job because of that.It seemed that little had changed over the past 18 months. Cracks formed in the Leafs even during their run to the playoffs in 2013, and they contributed to a disastrous run last spring.When the Leafs lost eight in a row in regulation and then 12 of the final 14 games to fall out of playoff contention, Carlyles job was in jeopardy. But Shanahan and Nonis opted to fire assistants Scott Gordon, Dave Farrish and Greg Cronin and even give Carlyle a contract extension.Even with the benefit of hindsight, Nonis said keeping Carlyle was the correct decision.Randy deserved to come back, Nonis said. He had done enough to come back. Weve seen him do good things. We saw him do some good things this season. Its not that hes not capable.The question now becomes what this group is capable of. The Leafs are in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, and its late enough in the season to say theyre squarely in the playoff race even with their inconsistencies and flaws.We all have respect for Randy, but at the same time its time for us to turn things around, goaltender Jonathan Bernier said. Its all about us right now.Bernier has proven capable covering up a lot of those flaws. And the ones he cant are masked by the offensive firepower led by Kessel, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.Because of that talent, Nonis believes the Leafs are still in a decent position.This isnt throwing in the towel, Nonis said. We feel that this team has a chance to do some good things, and today was the first step in trying to push our team back in that direction.Carlyle, a native of Sudbury, Ont., went 91-78-19 in 188 games as Leafs coach over parts of four seasons. Hes the fourth coach to be fired this season, following Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Eakins of the Edmonton Oilers and DeBoer.Even in announcing Carlyles firing, Nonis called him an excellent coach whos capable of winning.Good coaches get let go, Nonis said. Hes a good man, a good coach and hell be back in this game quickly.Notes The Leafs on Tuesday put forward Carter Ashton on waivers. Ashton was suspended earlier in the season for violating the league and NHLPAs performance-enhancing drug policy that he said came about after he used someone elses inhaler. Ashton has zero points in seven games this season ... Toronto Marlies forward Connor Brown was named to the AHL all-star roster. Brown has nine goals and nine assists in 35 games in his first professional season.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter ' ' '

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