Revolving point guard door again turns for injury-hit Lakers

Fri Jan 3, 2014 6:04pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Just when the Los Angeles Lakers thought their injury problems could not worsen, they were preparing to face the Utah Jazz with a player who was competing in the NBA Development League only two weeks ago.

Eight players have so far missed games due to injury during a nightmare 2013-14 season for the Lakers and their revolving door of point guards has turned out a sixth starter in that position with Kendall Marshall suiting up against the Jazz on Friday.

Marshall, 22, was acquired by the D-League's Delaware 87ers on Dec 3 before being signed up by the Lakers just 17 days later as their casualty list deepened.

"Stuff is happening pretty fast," Marshall, who is averaging 5.3 points and 2.5 assists in four games as a bench player for Los Angeles, told reporters after learning he would start against the Jazz.

"It's unfortunate with some of the injuries that we're having, but it's up to us collectively as a team to kind of figure it out. I just have to take advantage of it and try to help the team."

Marshall, the 13th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2012 draft, becomes the Lakers point guard following a rash of injuries to Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry.

Nash has nerve damage in his back, Blake a torn ligament in his right elbow, Bryant and Henry have knee injuries and Farmar a torn hamstring.

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) drives against Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) and point guard Patrick Beverley (2) during the second half at Toyota Center. Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports