Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar experienced another injury setback as he strained his right groin during practice on Monday, which should put him on the shelf for the foreseeable future. It’s a tough break for Farmar as he has played extremely well this season but just can’t seem to stay healthy in his comeback year to the NBA. You hope he can get over this latest ailment along with previous hamstring issues to fulfill his bright promise in this league, preferably for the Lakers.
On the bright side of things, Farmar has been one of the better players on the team and his absence should ensure even more losses to close the season enabling the team to rise up the forbidden tank standings. The Lakers were 9-8 when he tore his hamstring against the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 1, and that’s when the wheels fell off for Los Angeles.
In fact, the Lakers’ record this year when the sixth-year guard out of UCLA plays is 14-20, and when he doesn’t it stands at 8-23. He has helped win multiple games this year through the strength of his offensive outbursts. The struggling Kendall Marshall will go back to playing heavy minutes at point guard with Kent Bazemore (not a true point guard) playing backup minutes at that spot. Suddenly the upcoming games against the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks seem a lot more losable.
The absence of Farmar takes away a big-time perimeter shooter and shot creator which should jeopardize the team’s offense. This along with Xavier Henry‘s slow recovery from a right knee injury will further stagnate their half court sets. The last 16 games of the season for Laker fans are going to be rough, but at the end of the day it will mean more losses to move up in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery — and that’s a silver lining.