Lakers news: Josh Hart to undergo hand surgery on Friday

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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Josh Hart is set to undergo surgery on Friday to repair a broken finger on his left hand, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

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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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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