Jordan Farmar May Return Ahead of Schedule

Jordan Farmar has been out for the last 15 games, after having surgery to repair some torn cartilage in his left knee. He was expected to be out even longer than that (possibly through the All-Star break), but was seen going through some drills and even dunking the ball before Monday's game against the Cavs.

He would appear to be ready to come back sooner than three or weeks from now, which would be a beautiful thing for the Lakers, and for Derek Fisher in particular.

"I don't even know what the schedule is," Farmar said, smiling. "But I feel good."

Not as good as Fisher will feel when Farmar returns. That's because Jordan's season averages of about eight points and two assists per game aren't nearly as important as the almost 20 minutes a game he was able to play off the bench.

With Farmar sidelined, Derek Fisher's minutes have ballooned from almost 32 minutes per game to almost 39 over the Lakers' last 10. If the 34-year-old Fisher is to make it through the grind of the regular season and have anything resembling fresh legs for the playoffs, he can't keep playing 39 minutes a night in January.

If Farmar's return is indeed going to happen ahead of schedule, it could go a long way in helping to keep Fisher fresh for the post-season.

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