The Los Angeles Lakers have been dealt yet another cruel injury blow, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that Jordan Farmar will miss a minimum of four weeks after tearing his hamstring for the second time in a month.
Point guard Farmar, a former UCLA Bruin who is currently in his second stint with the Lakers after a period playing overseas in both Israel and Turkey, only returned to action from the initial tear on Christmas Day during the 101-95 defeat to the reigning champion Miami Heat.
The 27-year-old former 26th overall pick sustained a second tear, believed to be in a slightly different location, during the abysmal 94-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on Tuesday night.
Farmar's latest setback provides Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni with somewhat of a backcourt selection crisis.
Superstar and 15-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss up to six weeks with a knee fracture suffered just six games into his eagerly-awaited comeback from a torn achilles tendon, while first-choice point guard Steve Nash remains out of action with nerve irritation in his back.
With Steve Blake also sidelined with an elbow injury and makeshift guard Xavier Henry having suffered a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus last week, D'Antoni will presumably be left with no other choice than to start former Phoenix Sun first-round pick Kendall Marshall - who was only picked up by the Lakers as a free agent shortly prior to the festive period - at the point.
With only Jodie Meeks and versatile swingman Nick Young available to play alongside Marshall in the backcourt, it seems unlikely that the Lakers will be able to make any sort of fanciful push for the playoffs in the near future.
Following that painful defeat to the Bucks, D'Antoni's shorthanded Lakers, who currently sit 13th in the Western Conference standings with a record of 13-19, return to action with a home game against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
During their last encounter against Tyrone Corbin's team, the Lakers lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer in Salt Lake City thanks to a vicious putback dunk from Derrick Favors.