Luke Walton said Josh Hart is having surgery on his left hand. They’ll evaluate afterwards to determine when/whether he can return. Walton did add that of course they won’t rush a return, but if he’s healthy and there’s time left, he’ll play.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 1, 2018
Hart had suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday that was revealed on a subsequent x-ray. The team had considered non-surgical routes before deciding to go with surgery for the 22-year-old that should take a few weeks for him to completely heal.
Given that there are just under six weeks left in the regular season, the Lakers won’t be any hurry to bring him back in the fold. in his absence, Los Angeles will likely turn to rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and forward Brandon Ingram to pick up the slack. All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas could see some more extended play off the bench.
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.
In 10 games in the month of February, Hart averaged 12.2 points on 51.8 percent shooting from the field and 48.9 percent from beyond the arc along wit 7.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals in 32.1 minutes per contest.
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