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ESPN: Farmar Steps Up


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John Hollinger, one of ESPN's NBA writers, has a piece up about Jordan Farmar's performance in Game Five of the NBA playoffs. Here is the link.

LOS ANGELES -- You knew the Lakers were going to throw a new wrinkle after Boston's small-ball lineup knocked them sideways in Game 4. In Game 5, Phil Jackson came up with an answer: Jordan Farmar.

Farmar played 22 minutes and scored 11 points by attacking Boston's Eddie House and Sam Cassell off the dribble. By doing so, he made the Celtics pay for playing a slower defender at the point instead of regular starter Rajon Rondo.

"We thought Jordan could attack," Jackson said. "His speed and quickness got him to the basket, and he was able to break their defense down a little bit. That was important to us."

Farmar supplied the only two Lakers buckets in the disastrous first seven minutes of the second quarter, making a driving layup and assisting a Sasha Vujacic jumper, and came back with a steal and a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter.

Click the link for the full article.

Telemachus has more on Farmar -- including video -- here .