Lakers Injury Update: March 17

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio SpursThe Lakers received some unfortunate injury news during Monday’s practice in El Segundo, where Jordan Farmar strained his right groin, adding to what’s already the league’s highest injury total for one team in years:

LAKERS GAMES MISSED TO INJURY:
Kobe Bryant: 60
Steve Nash: 54
Jordan Farmar: 30
Xavier Henry: 27
Steve Blake: 26
Nick Young: 16
Pau Gasol: 10
Chris Kaman: 6
Jordan Hill: 6
Jodie Meeks: 5
Wesley Johnson: 1
TOTAL: 241

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersPrior to Monday’s practice, it looked like the Lakers were on the verge of getting a couple of healthy bodies back in the short term: both Nick Young (knee) and Jordan Hill (also knee) returned to the court.

Young has played in just one of the last 17 games (20 minutes on Feb. 23 vs. BKN), while Hill’s been out since Feb. 28. Neither was cleared for full participation in a potential 5-on-5 scrimmage setting, however, so a potential return for Wednesday’s game against San Antonio is uncertain.

What’s less certain is the availability of Farmar, according to the information team spokesman John Black relayed on Monday afternoon:

Jordan Farmar suffered a right groin strain today in practice. He will see Dr. Podesta either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning and we will have an update on his condition and how long he will be out after he sees Dr. Podesta.

It’s no doubt a frustrating setback for Farmar. The point guard has shown flashes of excellent basketball this season, but has now been interrupted by injury on three separate occasions. First came a tear of his left hamstring on Dec. 1 that kept him out until Dec. 31, when he tore a different part of the hamstring.

He dropped eight three pointers in his return against Cleveland on Feb. 5, but re-aggravated the hamstring in the process. His latest return came on Feb. 19, and he’s averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 assists on 46.3 percent field goals and 48.4 percent from three in 22.6 minutes per game while splitting time with Kendall Marshall.

Stay tuned for more news on the groin, and how long it will keep him on the shelf.

Particularly if Farmar misses a few games or more, don’t rule out a potential return to the court for Steve Nash, who has continuing to work on his nerve root issues to stay ready should he be needed.