The Los Angeles Lakers will be without their rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who suffered a bruised left knee during Wednesday's win against the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.
The City of Angels will get another rookie back at the most opportune time, as Josh Hart will be available after initially being listed as questionable for tonight's tilt against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing four weeks with a broken hand, the team announced today.
The Lakers are already without Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the season after undergoing a “minimally invasive” clean-up procedure in his right hip, leaving most of the depth at the guard position in crumbles during the last stretch of the season.
This could ultimately prove a splendid chance for Hart to get some major playing time in the last eight games of the season, likely splitting time with Tyler Ennis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the backcourt.
The rookie out of Villanova will hope to find his groove once again after pulling off three straight double-doubles to start the month of February, shooting a majestic 49 percent from deep during a 10-game run.
Head coach Luke Walton noted Hart will have no minutes restriction coming back from injury — giving him the absolute green light to see as much court time as is available during the next three weeks of action.