is averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 assists this season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
The Lakers announced Wednesday that point guard Jordan Farmar will be sidelined for at least four weeks after tearing his left hamstring for the second time this season. A four-week absence will keep Farmar on the sidelines for L.A.'s next 15 games.
Farmar, 27, tore his hamstring on Dec. 1 and missed 10 games over the course of three-plus weeks before making his return during a Christmas Day loss to the Heat. He played four games for L.A. before suffering the latest tear during a Tuesday night loss to the Bucks. According to the team, the two tears were in "different locations."
It would be an understatement to say that the Lakers have endured injury woes this season. In addition to Farmar, who has been a valuable contributor off the bench this season, L.A. is currently without Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back/nerves), Steve Blake (elbow) and Xavier Henry (knee). Pau Gasol and Wesley Johnson have also missed time recently due to illness.
The rash of backcourt injuries has forced coach Mike D'Antoni to juggle his starting lineups, and the Lakers recently signed 2012 first-round pick Kendall Marshall, who was playing in the D-League. Marshall, Johnson, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young will continue to hold down the fort until
L.A. (13-19) is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak and has fallen to 13th in the Western Conference standings, 5.5 games out of the playoff picture.