To start off the month of December, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar tore his hamstring in a December 1 game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. Leading up to this game, Farmar was averaging near 17 points a game in his last three, and this has left a gaping hole in the point guard depth of the Lakers, which was already shallow due to the injuries to both Steve Blake and Steve Nash.
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has therefore been forced into playing a majority of his minutes since his return from his Achilles injury and at this point, the Lakers are in near-desperation mode for a healthy point guard. The good news is that Farmar has a possibility of returning to the court this Friday when the Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home in Staples Center.
If Farmar returns, he will immediately start at the point, allowing Bryant to be able to switch back to playing the two and three, which will allow the Lakers to have multiple ball distributors on the court at one time. This will also allow Bryant to spend more time scoring, which will always help the Lakers win games.
The Lakers have only managed to win three of eight games since Farmar went down and assuming he stays healthy, he will see 30-plus minutes a game until either Nash or Blake are able to take the hardwood.
Due to these point guard woes and whether or not Nash will ever return to health, the Lakers have continued to shop the trade market for point guards, but nothing has made it past the rumor stage for now. If the Lakers bring in another point guard, the quality of that guard and of Farmar’s current play will determine how the minutes get divided.
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