Lakers news: Josh Hart suffers broken finger on left hand

Josh Hart, Lakers
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers were dealt a blow to their backcourt with rookie guard Josh Hart suffering a broken finger on his left hand that occurred in practice on Wednesday afternoon, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com

The injury was revealed in x-rays following practice, which the team is believed to be evaluating treatment options that are both surgical and non-surgical. He is expected to fly back to Los Angeles on Thursday to have his hand re-evaluated by the team. 

In 55 games played this season, Hart is averaging 6.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the field and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc with 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. He has started the last 10 games where he has posted four double-doubles over that span. In total 20 starts, he is averaging 11.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. 

His absence from the lineup with likely result in either rookie point guard Lonzo Ball being reinserted back into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Brandon Ingram will also continue to take up some of the distributor duties. Isaiah Thomas could also see extended playing time off the bench. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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