The answer to some of the Lakers' point-guard troubles might not rest in a trade or a free-agent signing but on the narrow shoulders of a man who looks more like a marathon runner than someone who can carry such a heavy burden.

Steve Blake's statistics are modest, but his impact has been great.

The Lakers, after all, are 3-1 since he returned from a rib/sternum injury that sidelined him for 13 games. He has averaged only 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists since returning to the active roster, but the Lakers' offense is running much smoother.