After missing the past 10 games because of a strained left hamnstring, Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will suit up Christmas Day against the Miami Heat at Staples Center.
INJURY UPDATE: @JrFarmar’s ultrasound showed that his hamstring is completely healed. He is cleared to play.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 24, 2013
That adds some encouraging news to the Lakers (13-15), who have a depleted backcourt. That includes Kobe Bryant, who’s expected to sit out for five more weeks because of a fractured left knee. The Lakers are also without their point guards, Steve Nash (nerve issues in back) and Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow. The Lakers have penciled Nash out for at least another three weeks, while Blake is expected to stay sidelined for five more weeks.
Farmar is presumed to start after the Lakers delegated ball handling duties to Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young, none of whom had previous point guard experience. THe Lakers have sorely missed their point guard depth, including Farmar, who posted a dependable 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in 18.9 minutes.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed whether he felt discouraged after the team’s 117-90 loss Monday to the Phoenix Suns, partly because of Farmar’s pending return.
“We’ll get another guy to play 20-30 more minutes,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll be fine. We’ll make it good. This team has shown the resilience and we’ll do it again.”
Farmar had hoped to return as early as when the Lakers hosted Minnesota last Friday at Staples Center. But Farmar’s return still exceeded the Lakers’ initial expectations. They had estimated Farmar would stay sidelined for a month. He returned in just over three weeks.
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