It’s hard to track what’s happening more at a faster rate.
The Lakers’ losses or injuries?
The Lakers’ 94-79 loss Tuesday to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center marked the team’s sixth consecutive defeat. Wesley Johnson’s absence because of a stomach bug coupled with Jordan Farmar leaving midway through the third quarter after feeling tightness in his left hamstring marked the second and third injuries taking place within the past two days. On Monday, Xavier Henry had been diagnosed with torn cartilage and a bone bruise on his right knee that will keep him sidelined for at least 7-10 days.
The only trace of good news?
Farmar said he left the game hoping he averted any additional damage on his hamstring that already kept him out for 10 games. But an ultrasound taken Wednesday will reveal whether that’s true.
“I felt a little tug and I really wanted to be careful with that and not have a major setback,” said Farmar, who finished with zero points on 0 of 5 shooting and seven assists in 20 minutes. “I’m trying to put this episode behind us. With the advice of the staff, I sat out the rest of the game so we can get it looked at so we don’t make a bad decision.”
But Farmar said this episode hardly revealed that he came back too early from his initial hamstring despite returning in three weeks, about a week earlier than the Lakers initially expected.
“Before I came back, I didn’t feel anything,” Farmar said. “It was completely gone. Now I’m starting to feel a tug every other day. I make a move and I feel a little strain. It’s back to feeling something there now and being nervous to pull through it and having something tear completely.”
Nope, things haven’t been easy whatsoever for the Lakers.
They’re already reeling from a thin backcourt that includes injuries to Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerves in back) and Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow). Should Farmar’s ultrasound keep him out, the Lakers don’t have any options barring a trade or waiving any of their players with nonguaranteed contracts that expire Jan. 10, including Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall.
That means the Lakers would rely plenty on both Marshall and Jodie Meeks. Marshall was recently plucked out of the Development League, though he posted 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven assists against Milwaukee. Meeks has subpar ball handling skills.
“You looking for a 10-day [contract]?” D’Antoni joked to a reporter. “How’s your jumper?”
Farmar’s jumper has hardly provided much ever since his return.
Through four games since his return, Farmar had averaged 6.75 points on a 27.7 percent clip and six assists in 26.25 minutes per game. Before his injury, Farmar had averaged a dependable 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in 18.9 minutes.
“I can’t do things I want to do. That’s the most frustrating part,” Farmar said. “I have open jump shots and I can’t elevate. I can’t blow past somebody. If I go past somebody, I can’t make the next move. I want to do it, but I don’t want to do it where I’m out another six weeks.”
“You get a little rusty with my own personal attacking and rhythm and things like that. But things like having control of the game, getting guys shots, running the team, I felt fine in those regards. when it was time for me to break someone down or make a play or make a shot, I was rusty at the time.”
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