Farmar strains hamstring in home finale

Updated: April 14, 2010, 1:58 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Just when it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers would have their whole roster intact for the start of the playoffs after center Andrew Bynum reported no pain following his first workout on a treadmill Monday, another injury popped up.

Jordan Farmar left Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings with 8:42 remaining in the second quarter after straining his left hamstring on a drive to the basket.

"I tweaked it," Farmar said. "I told [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti and he yanked me."

Farmar did not return against Sacramento but will be in uniform for Los Angeles' regular-season finale Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He'll dress tomorrow," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He's played 81 games this year. I want him to dress and be on the active roster for tomorrow's game."

The fourth-year guard is averaging 7.3 points and 1.6 assists on the season.

Jackson described his team's upcoming first-round playoff opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder, as a "very quick team" and added, "they have foot speed on us," before the game Tuesday. Farmar is perhaps the quickest player on Los Angeles' roster and is going to be relied upon to combat the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Eric Maynor.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Dave McMenamin

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