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Lakers’ rookie Josh Hart suffers fracture in left hand, evaluating options

Josh Hart

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart suffered a small fracture in his left hand during Wednesday’s practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center. According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the former Villanova University standout underwent an X-Ray examination and is evaluating both surgical and non-surgical options.

Hart, now 22 years of age, has played well for the Lakers. The 6-foot-5 guard has made 55 appearances (20 starts) with the Lakers this season, averaging 6.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the field (39.7 percent from beyond the arc), 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Hart served as a point guard and shooting guard for the Lakers, providing a viable option on both ends of the floor.

Via Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation:

“In 10 games since becoming a full-time starter, Hart had scored in double-figures eight times and produced four double-doubles. While (coach) Walton had seen signs the rookie was capable of contributing on the glass, he, the coaching staff and teammates have been blown away by Hart’s prolific rebounding.”

Hart is expected to miss at least a few weeks, according to most reports, which means Isaiah Thomas and Alex Caruso could see their workloads increase. If surgery is the route Hart and the Lakers choose to take, his season could come to an early end, as the team has but 22 games remaining this season.

The Lakers, now the third-ranked team in the Pacific Division standings, have won three straight games. Without a doubt, they’ll be looking to keep their momentum rolling on Thursday night when they travel to Miami for a match-up against the Heat inside American Airlines Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.