Farmar decides to stay in

first_imgPHOENIX — Less than 24 hours after saying he needed a break to rest his sprained right ankle, UCLA’s Jordan Farmar said he’ll play against Arizona State today. A week off would be nice but Farmar doesn’t think that will cut it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Against Arizona, Farmar was 3 for 8 from the field but he made four crucial free throws in the final 20 seconds Thursday. Against Cal, he was 2 for 11. Many of his shots have been short but Farmar said he didn’t want to use the ankle as an excuse. “They all feel good but they’re not going in,” Farmar said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m just trying to do what I can and get shots up during the week where I can get back into a rhythm and start feeling good again. Hopefully, I can start knocking them down.” Farmar isn’t practicing between games, which certainly could be a reason for his rusty shooting touch. Howland pointed to Farmar’s three-point play, a nice flip pass to Ryan Wright for a dunk and his free throws against Arizona as proof that they’re still better with him on the floor, even if he’s hobbling at times. “With the ankle, (he) can’t practice and (he) doesn’t have the reps,” Howland said. “He’s not even doing as much shooting. We’re still more likely to win with him in there at 75-80 percent then we are if he’s not playing at all and he knows that.” Farmar scored 11 points and had four assists Thursday but also six turnovers. Still, the young Bruins (12-2) are tied for second in the Pacific-10 with a 2-1 conference record. And, they face Arizona State, which hasn’t won a conference game. “The problem is, will that be enough time to really heal it? If I take that time off and roll it again, then I just wasted time,” Farmar said. “If I take time off, I really have to take time off 2, 2 ½ weeks. That’s the battle right now. If I’m going to take time off and let it heal, I’m going to let it heal. If not, then I’m going to suck it up and play through it.” Farmar iced his ankle in a bucket immediately after UCLA’s win at Arizona for about 20 minutes and also on the nearly two-hour bus trip from Tucson back to Phoenix. Farmar’s foot was stepped on again in UCLA’s 85-79 win over Arizona its first in Tucson since 1997. Farmar stayed up until 2:30 a.m. icing the ankle but it already was sore by early Friday afternoon. center_img Farmar has his ankle tightly taped and that’s worked for now. Howland joked that if someone could step on his left foot, that would help. “I want to be out there,” Farmar said. “If I can keep from rolling it in a game, if I could go a couple of games without stepping on someone’s foot, that would help the process. They’re doing a good job with me with the practice schedule, doing rehab and cardio. That helps a lot.”, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more