It has been a tough season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are without Kobe Bryant for at least six weeks because of left tibial plateau fracture after just getting him back from a torn Achilles. They’re also without Steve Nash (strained back/hamstrings) and Steve Blake (torn ligament in right elbow).
On Wednesday, they received the news that they would be without Jordan Farmar, who had taken over as the team’s starting point guard, after he tore his left hamstring.
That means Kendall Marshall, who has spent most of this season in the D-Leauge, is now the Lakers’ starter.
“It’s unfortunate some of the injuries that we’re having, but I think it’s up to us collectively as a team to kind of figure it out,” Marshall told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.
The Phoenix Suns picked Marshall with the 13th overall pick of 2012 draft, but he was traded to the Washington Wizards after he struggled mightily during his rookie season.
“For [Marshall] to be a good player in this league, he’s got to continue to work on his shot and get that all better, but he knows how to play and he knows how to run a team,” Lakers’ Head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We expect him to get more comfortable with the menu of plays and expect him to keep playing better.”
Marshall is averaging 5.3 points, 2.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game while appearing in four games this season.