Missing a month and coming back against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat is no short order.
Such is the life of Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar. His return to the lineup was a welcome sight for the team that was without a point guard in its previous seven games.
Thrust into the starting lineup, Farmar played 33 minutes in the 101-95 loss.
As expected there was plenty of visible rust.
The stunting and trapping done by the Heat defensively didn't do him any favors.
"They take away the screen-and-roll right away," said Farmar, who committed four turnovers in the loss. "There's not a lot of penetrating, getting to the paint, and making plays. They trap (the screen-and-roll)."
Overall, however, the offense flowed better with the team actually having a point guard at the controls.
"It's a big difference," D'Antoni said of the offense with Farmar being in the lineup.
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