L.A. Times: These had been lonely days for Jordan Farmar.
As the Lakers began navigating through the playoffs, and their fans became fascinated with Shannon Brown, Farmar was a forgotten man, his minutes dwindling to the point where he didn’t even get off the bench in three playoff games.
Then came Friday, the most important game of the Lakers’ playoff run so far, and the reserve guard was in the starting lineup for the first time since the Lakers’ last game in the 2007 playoffs.
It was by necessity, the Lakers forced to go without Derek Fisher because of a one-game suspension, but Farmar delivered, finishing with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds in almost 33 minutes of the Lakers’ 108-94 victory over Houston.
On one play, he dived for a loose ball along the sideline, flung it to Trevor Ariza after crashing to the court, and was credited with an assist after Ariza dunked. On another play, he faked a shot and found Lamar Odom underneath for a dunk as the shot clock wound down.
“It’s a tough business. You’ve just got to be ready,” Farmar said. “You never know when your opportunity is going to come. No one in the world would have guessed Derek Fisher would be suspended for a game. It’s funny how things work out.”