The Lakers believe point guard help is on the way, and no that doesn’t involve signing Kendall Marshall.
Although the Lakers say he’s out for at least another week because of a strained left hamstring, Jordan Farmar said he is “90 percent healed.”
That doesn’t do much for the Lakers’ short-term future.
Farmar will still remain sidelined when the Lakers (12-13) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-13) at Staples Center and in stops against Golden State (Saturday) and Phoenix (Monday). But with considering the Lakers will will reexamine him Dec. 24, Farmar maintained it’s still possible he could play when the Lakers host the Miami Heat Christmas Day at Staples Center.
Farmar had said earlier this week he needed to practice before returning. But he said the Lakers having practice on Tuesday wouldn’t hinge on his availability. He said he practiced on Thursday except when the Lakers started full-court five-on-five drills.
Still, Farmar’s optimism earlier this week that he could play tonight against Minnesota was tempered when an ultrasound on Wednesday showed the hamstring hadn’t completely healed.
“I don’t want to risk anything,” Farmar said. “It’ll be good for me in the long run to be right before I get out there. It’s very important. It’s tough. What are you going to do. I want to make sure it’s right. We have the technology to see if we’re all the way healed. They don’t want to put me at risk and I appreciate that in the long run.”
Still, the Lakers have sorely missed Farmar, who averaged a steady 9.2 points and 4.4 assists before missing the past eight games. It doesn’t help the Lakers have also nursed long-term injuries to Steve Nash (back) and Steve Blake (torn ligament in his right elbow). Or that Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks because of a lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.
Bryant and Nash won’t travel with the Lakers during their upcoming two-game trip, while Blake and Farmar will to fit in additional rehab and therapy.
“I’ll ramp it up. It’s been more and more and see what I can handle,” Farmar said. “I haven’t had any negative affects. Hopefully I continue to go that way.”
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