Nance (thumb) has progressed to shooting, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports.
Nance underwent surgery in early November after suffering a broken thumb, after which he was assigned a four-to-six week recovery timetable. It's still unlikely he returns before December, though the fact he's progressed to shooting is encouraging. In the meantime, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle will seemingly continue holding down the fort at power forward.
Nance (thumb) will undergo surgery Friday and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Nance broke his thumb during Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers. In the seven games prior to the injury, Nance was on pace to average career highs in both points (11.1) and rebounds (7.9). That still may be the case when he comes back, but the injury certainly puts a damper on his campaign. In the meantime, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma will seemingly absorb most of his role and could make for solid plays in both year-long and daily fantasy while Nance remains in street clothes.
X-rays on Nance's injured left hand revealed a fractured thumb Thursday, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports.
It's a tough break for Nance and the Lakers, as the 24-year-old was beginning to put together a very solid 2017-2018 campaign. Through his first seven games, the 6-foot-9 forward was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on 60 percent shooting. A timeline for his return hasn't been established, though it's probably safe to assume that Nance will be sidelined for more than a few weeks. Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma figure to see an uptick in minutes in the starter's absence.
Nance won't return to Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers after suffering a left hand injury, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports.
Nance put up seven points and grabbed five rebounds in 19 minutes before having to exit the game with an apparent left hand injury. The results of his X-rays should become available shortly, at which point we'll get a clearer picture as to the severity of his injury.
Nance provided 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists across 27 minutes in Tuesday's 113-93 win over the Pistons.
Nance's scoring total led the first unit, a development that was helped by the third-year forward taking double-digit shot attempts for the first time in three games. The 24-year-old also hit double digits in the scoring column for the first time since that game and brought down double-digit boards for the third time in four contests. Nance's scoring contributions have been somewhat inconsistent, but head coach Luke Walton seems intent on keeping him on the first unit and having Julius Randle come off the bench behind him for the time being.
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