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Two Lakers are missing at point

Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar fail to distinguish themselves against the Clippers in a 142-94 loss.

March 06, 2014|By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus

Another item for the Lakers' general state of unease — the NBA equivalent of a quarterback controversy.

Point guards Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar failed to distinguish themselves Thursday against the Clippers. Not that their team was any better in a staggering 142-94 loss.

The only intrigue before the game was whether Coach Mike D'Antoni would keep going with Marshall, who suddenly couldn't score.

"He has to get out of his mini-slump and we think the best way is to play out of it," D'Antoni said beforehand.

Marshall got the nod but didn't bust any slumps, totaling seven points and seven assists. Farmar had four points and started in place of Marshall for the third quarter.

Marshall made three of 24 shots (12.5%) in his last five games before Thursday. Then he made three of eight against the Clippers.

D'Antoni had kind words for Farmar before the Lakers were blown out. "He makes shots and puts a lot of pressure on the defense. Really crafty with the ball," D'Antoni said. "People really have to really pay attention to him when he's on the floor."

The Lakers have used 29 different lineups this season thanks mainly to a slew of injuries.

Hill sidelined

Reserve center Jordan Hill sat out Thursday's game because of a sore right knee. An MRI exam showed no damage and he was listed as day-to-day by the team.

"It's a little sore but not bad. Just a little swelling," Hill said.

Hill is averaging 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Bresnahan is a Times staff writer. Pincus is a Times correspondent.

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