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 X-Rays showed Josh Hart has a left hand (4th Metacarpal) fracture. The Lakers are looking into and evaluating treatment options.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 28, 2018
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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