Lakers: The importance of Kendall Marshall

LOS ANGELES – Thee Los Angeles Lakers in Tuesday’s 94-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks also loss Jordan Farmar to an injury as he tweaked his left hamstring once again and is expected to undergo an ultrasound on Wednesday.

“Before I came back I didn’t feel anything, but now I am starting to feel tugging each and every other day,” Farmar said, who went 0-for-5 shooting for 0 point with seven assists, and four rebounds in 20 minutes on the floor. “When I make a move I feel a strain. It’s back to feeling something day in and day out, and being nervous to pull through it and have it tear completely again.”

This now thrusts Kendall Marshall into a larger role and a possible start in Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz. The 22-year-old is now the Lakers only healthy point guard and ball handlers as Steve NashSteve BlakeXavier HenryKobe Bryant and now Farmar are all out with injuries.

Marshall in Tuesday’s game played well as he scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting including a couple of 3-pointers to go along with seven assists in 28 minutes on the floor.  So with Farmar out, Marshall knows the responsibility will be primarily on his shoulders along with Jodie Meeks to be run the offense.

“Well, it’s not just on me. we have to handle the ball as a committee,” Marshall said. “We have to come together as a team. It’s the same thing that happened when (Farmar) got hurt the first time. You saw Jodie [Meeks] help some, and X[avier Henry] help some…We just have to find a way to get it done.

This can be a great opportunity for Marshall to show his value and what he can bring to the team not only now but once his teammates return from their injuries. The stage is his to showcase what he can do and the Lakers will need every bit of what he can offer.

Photo Credit: Lakers.com

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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