We're at that time in the NBA season in which every team is approaching the walking dead, limping lifelessly toward some desperately-needed R&R at the All-Star break. And with that in mind, the Los Angeles Lakers are taking preventative measures with a member of their young core.
As first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, knee tendinitis will keep Josh Hart out of commission until after the break.
Lakers guard Josh Hart will sit out through the All-Star Break with patella tendinitis in his right knee, league sources tell ESPN. He will miss Tuesday's game with Atlanta.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 11, 2019
This only involves Hart missing one game, as the Lake Show won't be back on the court until Feb. 21 against the Rockets. And with such a narrow margin for error in the race to make the playoffs in an unrelenting Western Conference, this is an easy enough call for Luke Walton and Co.
The Lakers subsequently confirmed Woj's report.
Injury Update: Josh Hart received a PRP injection to treat tendinitis in his right knee today. Hart will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.https://t.co/RvCocfP5yt— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 11, 2019
For the season, the second-year Hart is averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 26.4 minutes.
He's shooting at a worse clip than he did during his rookie season, but at just 23 years old, he figures to be a promising piece on the wing in the coming years.