The Los Angeles Lakers point guard position has been a revolving door as of late with injuries to Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar who returned to action on Christmas Day. Even guard-forward Xavier Henry saw time as the floor general before going down with a strained right knee in a 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, which opens minutes for Kendall Marshall.
In his third game since being called up from the NBA Development League, Marshall had his best game in a Lakers uniform against the 76ers with eight points and three assists in 16 minutes of play. Marshall was averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 assists in seven games with the Delaware 87ers before the Lakers signed him on December 20.
“Kendall played well tonight,” said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “It was good. We’re going to need him, obviously, but he played well. Hopefully he keeps it right there.”
Solid play at the point guard position is certainly something the Lakers will need going forward as they are struggling with a five-game losing streak and a 13-18 overall record. What makes it even more difficult is losing close games—their last three by an average margin of five points.
“It’s tough that every time you take a step forward, you lose somebody,” said Farmar. “X (Xavier Henry) gets hurt, and he’s valuable to our team. Other guys stepped up and played and made it a close game, but we have to find a way to start winning these close games.”