Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar just can’t stay on the court.
Farmar is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and could be out until after the All-Star break, as he continues to deal with hamstring issues and now a calf injury. The former UCLA Bruin returned to the lineup on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and had a huge game, but injured his calf in the fourth quarter and later reported tightness in the hamstring. It is the second time now that he has returned too early from this hamstring injury and it would be extremely wise at this point to play this conservatively, especially given the fact that the team now has three healthy point guards in Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall.
Farmar has played very well this season, averaging 9.3 points, 4.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and shooting .387 percent from three in only 21.3 minutes per game. I’m sure his eagerness to return earlier than expected has to do with him being on a one year deal and trying to prove to the NBA he is capable of being a starter in this league. He saw the opportunity when Blake and Nash were both injured and tried to come back on Christmas against the Miami Heat only to re-injure himself, which has set him back months now.
The way Farmar has developed his three point shot has given me the confidence that he can be the future starting point guard of the Lakers. He can be had for cheap at this point, and getting locked up for a multi-year deal could be a bargain down the line. After struggling a bit in the month of November, Farmar really stepped up his game before all of the injuries. It was a classic case of getting re-adjusted to the NBA game after playing overseas in Turkey for a full season. At this point, all Farmar can do is play the waiting game and hope his injuries clear up sooner than later.