Steve Blake needs more treatment

LOS ANGELES -- Despite returning to limited practice this week, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake is still experiencing pain in his groin and will require additional treatment.

Blake is scheduled to visit sports hernia specialist Dr. Bill Brown in San Jose, Calif., to receive a cortisone shot to his groin area on Sunday and will not accompany the Lakers on their upcoming three-game trip.

Blake has been out since Nov. 11 and underwent abdominal surgery in early December. His abdomen has healed, according to Lakers Dr. Steve Lombardo, but the point guard has been dealing with persistent pain in his adductor muscle that runs along his inner thigh. Blake received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his groin last week, but his body hasn't responded the way the team had hoped.

"We'll take a week to let (the cortisone shot) settle and then we'll start ramping him up," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said before his team's game against the Miami Heat on Thursday. "We don't have a timetable, but we'll be re-evaluated in a week and we'll see. Hopefully for his sake and ours that he's able to play pretty soon."

Blake has played in only seven games this season, averaging 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals.