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Isaiah Thomas will not join Lakers for Wednesday’s game

Isaiah Thomas

When the Los Angeles Lakers (32-41) finally return home to Staples Center on Wednesday night to host the Dallas Mavericks, star point guard Isaiah Thomas will be inactive and not be with the team as he continues to deal with right hip soreness.

Via a tweet from Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:

“Isaiah Thomas will not rejoin Lakers for Wednesday’s game against Dallas. Will miss his third straight game with hip soreness,” Oram said.

Thomas, who was not with the Lakers for Monday night’s 112-106 road loss to the Detroit Pistons, went to New York to get further evaluation options on his sore hip.

This will again give rookie point guard Lonzo Ball many more minutes from his usual position in the starting lineup as well as more action for both Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso. With the Lakers eliminated from playoff contention, the team is likely going to play it very safe with Thomas’ hip injury going forward.

Thomas began feeling stiffness before Saturday’s 100-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lakers have declared him out ever since. It is unclear as to when he will be able to return.

While he was a member of the Boston Celtics, Thomas was shut down after just two games in last season’s Eastern Conference Finals due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear.

In 17 games played this season for Los Angeles after being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers just prior to the trade deadline, Thomas has averaged 15.6 points on 38.3 percent shooting, 5.0 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game in roughly 26.8 minutes of action per contest.