On Wednesday Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported that Lakers guard Josh Hart suffered a fracture in his left hand.
Lakers rookie Josh Hart has suffered a small fracture in his left hand and team is evaluating surgical or non-surgical options, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 28, 2018
With Lonzo Ball recovering from his injury and being on a minutes rescision, it has led to an increase of minutes for Josh Hart. The former Villanova guard has played at least 27 minutes in every game since Feb. 2. Hart has responded well to the increase in minutes and is putting up the best numbers of his rookie year. In the 10 games Hart has started, he has put up double digits points eight times and has had four double-doubles. Unfortunately, Hart was hit in the hand on Wednesday’s practice. With only 22 games remaining, if the Lakers and Hart decide to have surgery he will most likely be done for the season.
On Wednesday Corey Brewer was bought out by the Lakers, so two open roster spots could make for an interesting new rotation. While its unlikely, there is a chance Lakers fans may see Luol Deng take the court for the first time since October. Another possibility is to call up Thomas Bryant and Alex Caruso. Bryant and Caruso are under two-way contracts, meaning that they can get called up and sent down between the G-League and NBA. Although, a more simple solution would be to give everyone already in the rotation an increase in minutes. Only time will tell.
The Lakers take on the Heat tonight as they hope to continue their winning streak. Hopefully the Lakers can pull out the win without the valuable Hart.