Ivica Zubac not expected to miss any games despite avulsion fracture in finger
Despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture on his left middle finger, Lakers center Ivica Zubac isn’t expected to miss any games, according to a report from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Zubac, who’s listed as probable for Tuesday night’s road game against the Indiana Pacers, underwent X-rays following Saturday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors. He’s expected to receive treatment for the ailment and continue playing.
Zubac has an avulsion fracture in his left middle finger, a MRI showed. It is small, per the Lakers. He will receive treatment and play through it.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 5, 2019
The fact that Zubac won’t miss any time is great news for the Lakers, as he’s become an important piece of the team’s rotation. In his 32 appearances this season (11 starts), the former second-round pick has racked up averages of 8.5 points on 57.4 percent shooting from the field, 4.9 rebounds and just under one block (0.8) in 15.5 minutes per outing.
Zubac said his injury occurred in the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Surprisingly, it didn’t seem to bother him much, as he still managed to post 10 points, nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes.
In other Lakers-related injury news, LeBron James is expected to be available for Tuesday night’s game. James was held out of Saturday’s meeting with Golden State for rest. Kyle Kuzma, who’s been dealing with a strained hip, is also listed as probable.
LeBron confirmed that he’ll play tonight in Indiana after missing the previous contest due to load management.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 5, 2019
Tuesday’s Lakers-Pacers matchup is scheduled to tip inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. ET. In their last meeting, the Lakers managed to defeat the Pacers, 104-96. James recorded 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the win.