The Lakers learned on Wednesday they would be without Jordan Farmar for a minimum of four weeks, after an ultrasound revealed a tear in his left hamstring.
Farmar, who played just 20 minutes against Milwaukee before exiting with 6:33 left in the third quarter, re-injured the hamstring after missing three-and-a-half weeks previously.
Farmar had a PRP injection in the hamstring today. The tear was a few inches higher up than the initial tear on Dec. 1.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 2, 2014
“It felt a little tight and chalked it up to being scar tissue,” he said. “That’s some of the symptoms that would have been normal recovering from a previous hamstring injury. Going through the game against Milwaukee, I just couldn’t do it. Told (Lakers trainer Gary Vitti) I’d rather get it looked at it, so I know if it was scar tissue, it’s just something I had to push through. If it’s not, then we’ll know how to deal with it. Unfortunately it was something new.”
Farmar originally hurt the hamstring in the first quarter against Portland on Dec. 1 and subsequently missed three-and-half weeks. He recently returned against Miami on Christmas Day, but played in just four games thereafter before re-injuring it.
As such, Kendall Marshall will make his first career start as a Laker on Friday against Utah.
The North Carolina product played 28 minutes against Milwaukee, including the entire fourth quarter, and totaled 10 points and seven assists.
“Stuff has happened pretty fast,” Marshall said post practice. “It’s unfortunate with some of the injuries we’re having. But it’s up to us collectively as a team to figure it out. Obviously a lot of people are going to get a lot more minutes. We have to fight through it until guys can get back.”