Luke Walton says Michael Beasley hurt his hand vs. Jazz
Michael Beasley has been in and out of the Los Angeles Lakers rotation this year. He was mostly put on the inactive list earlier this season so he could be with his mother, who was battling cancer.
He was given extra time to be away from the team when his mother passed away last month.
He returned a few days ago, when the Lakers faced the New York Knicks and immediately provided the Lakers another scoring option off the bench. He’s averaging 12.2 points in the past four games he’s played.
However, Beasley could be out of the Lakers’ rotation yet again, According to Lakers courtside reporter Mike Trudell, Beasley suffered an injury in today’s 113-95 loss against the Utah Jazz.
Luke Walton said Michael Beasley will get X-Rays on his hand. That’s why he exited the game with around 4 minutes left.
Trudell later reported that X-rays on Beasley’s showed it isn’t broken or fractured.
X-Rays were negative on Michael Beasley’s right hand.
Although it is unclear if Beasley will be able to play in the team’s next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, this should be treated as good news, as it’s possible that he won’t be missing a significant amount of time.
The Lakers cannot afford any more injuries, as they have struggled mightily since the tandem of LeBron James and Rajon Rondo got injured after their Christmas Day win against the Golden State Warriors.
When healthy, Beasley can be a decent scorer. He showed that as a member of the Knicks last year. It is also one of the reasons why the Lakers decided to give him a shot.