Lakers Rumors: Josh Hart Hoping To Return Before End Of Regular Season

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart suffered a fractured hand last week, but he's hoping to return from the injury before the end of the regular season, according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet. 

Hart was given a four-to-six week recovery timeline, and he's thankful that the injury wasn't more serious.

"I'm just trying not to think too much of it," Hart said before Monday's loss to the Trail Blazers. "It's not a serious injury; it could've been worse. I just try to look to the bright side of things. Right now we're on a five-game winning streak. I'm looking at that, watching how these guys are playing. That's always something great to see. Obviously, it was a downer at first, but that's part of the game."

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Hart had stepped into a bigger role in February before suffering the injury, playing at least 20 minutes per game since the start of that month.

"Last month and a half have been more comfortable and Luke [Walton] gave me more minutes, gave me a little bit of a bigger role, so that was nice," Hart said. "It's a bummer that it happened now, but like I said, just a part of the game."

The Villanova product, who has 20 starts on the season, is averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season.

The Lakers the regular season with five straight games in Los Angeles, including the finale against the Clippers.

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