Kobe Bryant tweets displeasure with Steve Blake trade
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Rotowire: Feb 12 / 9:37a ET
News: Blake recorded five points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound, and one block in 23 minutes during Wednesday's victory against the Lakers.
Impact: With the return of Robin Lopez to begin February, the Blazers' rotation has stabilized, and Blake's workload in particular has jumped in kind. In five games this month, Blake has averaged 22 minutes, which is a modest boost from his 17 minutes per contest in January. His output still leaves something to be desired -- 5.2 points, 3.8 dimes, two rebounds, one trey, and one steal per outing in February -- but the soon-to-be 35-year-old is more crucial for his veteran savvy behind Damian Lillard than his relevance in fantasy circles.
Rotowire: Jan 31 / 8:55p ET
News: Blake didn't score (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT) but added one assist and one rebound in 12 minutes during Saturday's defeat in Milwaukee.
Impact: Blake is generally good for a contribution on a nightly basis, but the veteran guard was largely invisible in the Blazers' eighth loss in 10 contests. His production in January fell all the way to 3.5 points (on 34 percent shooting) and 3.1 assists in 17 minutes per game, after averaging 22 minutes through the first two months of the season. The slump that has engulfed Portland could experience a turnaround once Robin Lopez (hand) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) revitalize the frontcourt. However, Blake's nightly lines aren't enough to garner interest in his age-35 season.
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 10:33a ET
News: Blake contributed two points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's win versus the Lakers.
Impact: Blake has logged at least 20 reserve minutes in four consecutive games, and seven of the last nine, but he's currently enduring a prolonged shooting slump. In nine of the past 11 games, he's failed to knock down 50 percent of his field goal attempts, during which he's averaged 4.5 points (on 33 percent shooting), 3.2 dimes, 1.9 rebounds, and one three-pointer in 24 minutes. Coach Terry Stotts has displayed complete confidence in Blake to act as a complementary ballhandler to Damian Lillard, but the veteran guard is only supplying consistent assists and treys at the moment.