As they fell 94-79 to the Milwaukee Bucks – the team with the worst record in the entire NBA – it appeared that the Los Angeles Lakers had hit rock bottom. Surely, it couldn’t get any worse than this, could it?
Well, on Wednesday, Jordan Farmar underwent an ultrasound examination in order to look into his left hamstring that was giving him problems once again.
The results weren’t great.
Farmar will be out for a minimum of four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. However, this tear is in a different place to the first injury which kept him out for three-and-a-half weeks.
This, once again, leaves the Lakers extremely depleted. With Farmar out of action, it looks as if Kendall Marshall will be the team’s starting point guard while Jodie Meeks and the rest of the crew will likely handle the backup role by committee.
While this injury is terrible for Farmar, it’s a hell of an opportunity for Marshall, who was playing in the D-League just weeks ago after being discarded by the Phoenix Suns just one year into his pro-career.
Marshall had a good game on New Year’s Eve when he scored 10 points and dished out 7 assists in 28 minutes of play. However, he was the only real bright spot for the Lakers in this ugly contest.
The Lakers would start out the game extremely sluggish – and that’s an understatement – as the Bucks took a 17-2 lead with 4:26 left in the first quarter. The purple and gold would put together a few mini-runs throughout the game, though nothing substantial enough to close in on the lowly Bucks and take the lead.
Pau Gasol returned from an upper-respiratory infection and was still visibly struggling from the lingering effects, though he managed to put up 25 points (on 9-for-23 shooting) and also blocked 4 shots. He could only manage to rebound the ball 6 times, however.
Nick Young played a game-high 42 minutes, poured in 25 points and grabbed 6 boards of his own, though he also shot the ball poorly at 8-for-21.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Brandon Knight had the game of his life.
The 22-year-old Knight scored 37 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and stole the ball 4 times, which marked the umpteenth player who has dropped a new career-high on the Lake Show this year.
Knight’s dominant performance – he averages 15.0 points per game – summed up the Lakers’ evening, and maybe even their season.
Lakers Player of the Game
Kendall Marshall was the Lakers’ Player of the Game, and hopefully will be a few more times going forward, too, seeing as he’ll be the only healthy point guard on this team for a while.
In his 28 minutes on the floor, Marshall recorded 10 points, 7 assists, 1 rebound and 2 turnovers. Seeing as the Lakers shot just 35.8 percent from the field, picking up 7 assists is pretty decent. Marshall also did a good job of both shooting the ball from outside (2-for-4 from three-point range) and driving inside either for the score or dish to an open teammate.
Friday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. PST vs. the Utah Jazz