Below are five ways Jordan Farmar’s approximate four-week absence because of a strained left hamstring affects the Lakers:
1. The Lakers lose an emerging bench player. For the past five games, Farmar had averaged 14.6 points on 58.3 percent shooting and five assists. But those statistics don’t do enough justice in the impact Farmar had on the Lakers’ bench. He played a large part in finding open guys, most notably to Nick Young and Xavier Henry.
Farmar also took over games. In the Lakers’ win Wednesday against Brooklyn, Farmar opened the second quarter making three consecutive three-pointers. Two weeks ago in a win against Golden State, Farmar and Young closed out the third quarter with a 10-0 run. Regardless of whether he scored or passed, Farmar’s aggressiveness and playmaking heavily influenced how the Lakers’ bench functioned.
2. The Lakers won’t make any moves…yet. The Lakers may have a depleting backcourt considering the ongoing injuries both to Kobe Bryant (torn left Achilles tendon) and Steve Nash (back) as well as Steve Blake recently suffering a hyperextended right elbow. But the Lakers are going to take a wait-and-see approach before considering to add any players to their roster. Beginning Tuesday, the Lakers have three full days to see how Bryant, Nash and Blake all fare in practice leading into the team’s game Friday against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.