Injuries have plagued the Los Angeles Lakers roster all season long, and they have struck again as point guard Jordan Farmar will miss at least the next two weeks with a mild strain to his right groin, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Farmar suffered the injury in Monday’s practice and underwent an ultrasound and was examined by Dr. Luga Podesta on Tuesday. He also took part in platelet-rich plasma therapy to help speed along the healing process in the injured area.
The 27-year-old this season has not had the best of luck when it comes to injuries as he has suffered two separate tears to his right hamstring that had resulted in missing a combined total of 30 games. Farmar initially suffered the first hamstring tear on December 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers and was able to make his return to the court on Christmas day against the Miami Heat, but it was short lived as he suffered another tear to his right hamstring on New Year’s Eve against the Milwaukee Bucks that forced him to miss another month.
Despite the injuries Farmar has been a consistent scoring punch off the bench when healthy, as he is averaging a career-best 10.4 points per game on also a career-best 46 percent 3-point shooting to go along with an average of 4.7 assists in 36 games played. This season also includes the six-year veteran having a career night as he recorded his most points (30) scored and 3-pointers made (eight) in a single game in his NBA career.
So with Farmar now out for the next couple of weeks, head coach Mike D’Antoni stated that he will use a combination of Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry playing in the role as the backup point guard with Kendall Marshall remaining the starting point guard.
“They’ll all probably play together, so they have to be able to rely on each other to bring it up (based on) which one has less pressure and make plays,” D’Antoni said. “Obviously you just got to move the ball and go through Pau [Gasol] more. Pau probably needs to be on the floor more with those guys to make plays.”
D’Antoni also stated that Steve Nash could make a return to the court this season if needed, but quickly added that it has a longshot chance of happening. Last week, D’Antoni had ruled out Nash for the remainder of the season due to persistent nerve irritation problems in his back and left leg.
“We’ll see,” D’Antoni said. “He hasn’t practiced with us, so that would be a stretch.”
As for other team injury news, the Lakers could soon get back Nick Young, who has been sidelined since February 23 with a non-displaced fracture of the patella and a bone bruise in his left knee, and Jordan Hill, who has missed the last week and a half with a sore right knee, as they each practiced for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. However, D’Antoni noted that Young is closer to making a possible return to the court this week in either the team’s game on Friday against the Washington Wizards or Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Nonetheless, that is encouraging news with Farmar now out for next few weeks.
Here is Farmar’s 30-point night against the Sacramento Kings:
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