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Lakers’ point guard Jordan Farmar out 4 weeks with torn hamstring

Dec 2, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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The Lakers injury woes just continue (for a second consecutive season).

Jordan Farmar, who has played well as a reserve point guard for the Lakers this season sparking a bench unit that has been key to their 9-9 record, will be out for a month with a torn left hamstring, the team announced Monday.

Farmar pulled up grabbing his hamstring in the first quarter Sunday of the Lakers loss to Portland and did not return to the game.

Farmar had been playing well of late, averaging 16.7 points, and 4.7 assists per contest in his last three games. On the season he is averaging 9.2 points a game in just shy of 19 minutes a night and has been a spark off the bench many nights.

Farmar had been the guy with the ball on the Lakers two most successful bench units. When paired with Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill the unit shot 48.1 percent and outscored opponents by one point per 100 possessions. Put Farmar, Henry and Hill with Shawne Williams and Nick Young and they outscored opponents by 14 points per 48.

Without him the Lakers bench will not be quite the same. Steve Blake will get more run and guys like Meeks may be forced to play some point.

Steve Nash could return to provide some depth at the point. Could. But we’ll see how that shakes out.

In other injury news, an MRI on Pau Gasol‘s ankle confirmed a mild sprain. There is no timeline on his return but the Lakers do not play again until Friday.

  1. limonadamas - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    It’s been really great seeing Farmar play with confidence this season. What this Laker team lacks in talent compared to previous years, it more than makes up for in effort and hustle.

  2. cmehustle - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Dantoni seems to really like teams with no star players. Maybe a star point guard, but still to do what he’s doing with this bunch I think Lakers fans should give him a little more credit.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Maybe because star players would resist, but these players will not say qnything with the way MDA coaches.

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM


    • limonadamas - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Isn’t it ironic that most of us Laker fans see this as a much bigger deal this year than the news that Nash might be back soon? Sad, but true.

      • unxpexted1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Yea Farmar has looked really good this year. Nash just doesn’t have it minus that jump shot.

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