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Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand Friday, according the to the team.
The 6-foot-5, 209-pounder rookie out of Villanova suffered the injury during a team practice Wednesday. The surgery to repair the damage was done by Dr. Steven S. Shin. Going by the timetable provided by the Lakers, Hart could possibly return for Los Angeles’ game March 30 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
That would leave the Lakers with eight games to play in the 2917-18 season. Lakers coach Luke Walton said Thursday that if Hart can get back on the court with “a couple of weeks left, then yeah, we’ll get him back on the court.”
The 30th pick in the 2017 draft, Hart is averaging 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.5 minutes per game for the Lakers. He has started 20 of the 55 games he’s played this season, with four of his six double-doubles this season coming in the team’s last 10 games as a member of the starting lineup. Hart is shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, including 46.7 percent from 3, and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line.
“He brings a lot to the team,” Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who cut Hart’s steak for him at a Miami steakhouse when some players went to dinner the same day Hart injured his hand, told ESPN. “When he plays a lot of minutes, [he’s] usually a double-double and he is a knock-down shooter. Got to fill in the shooting and defensive gaps for him.”