Hart is no longer sporting a splint over his surgically repaired right thumb, but he remains without a clear timeline to return to the court, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports. Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy said April 24 that Hart likely wouldn't be ready to return to action until the final 10 days of the regular season, but that time has now arrived without New Orleans having provided an update on the 26-year-old. After Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, the Pelicans will have two days off before returning to action Friday in Philadelphia, so Hart would theoretically have a couple chances to test out his thumb in practice. Hart hasn't played since April 1 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right thumb.
Hart (thumb) underwent surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right thumb and will be re-examined in three weeks. This is a significant blow for the Pelicans, as Hart was providing sixth-man minutes on a team without great depth. He was seeing 28.7 minutes per game, and for at least three weeks, coach Stan Van Gundy will have to find players to fill that void. The result could be more minutes for Wes Iwundu, Kira Lewis and James Johnson.
Hart (thumb) is expected to miss significant time, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports. An MRI on Hart revealed a torn UCL in his right thumb. While he played through the injury in Thursday's game versus the Magic, he will now be forced to miss an extended period of time. His absence figures to open up some playing time for the likes of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Wes Iwundu and even Wenyen Gabriel off the bench.
Hart (thumb) is unavailable for Friday's game against the Hawks, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports. Hart suffered the thumb injury during Thursday's loss to the Magic and will be sidelined for the second half of the back-to-back set. Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe) and Lonzo Ball (hip) are also sidelined, so New Orleans will have to get by without four of its top contributors.
Hart (thumb) added 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 17 rebounds and five assists across 47 minutes during Thursday's overtime loss to the Magic. Hart got the spot start and set a new personal best in minutes played as the Pelicans were missing Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe) and Lonzo Ball (hip). Hart has been a beast on the glass of late, grabbing double-digit boards in four of his last five contests. Whether he's starting or coming off the bench, Hart has been rather consistent on the glass for most of the season but has had spurts where he's failed to produce in the scoring department.
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