Hart will move back to a bench role for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.
Hart picked up the spot start on Monday with Brandon Ingram (ankle) sidelined, posting 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 32 minutes. However, Ingram is now healthy and is rejoining the top unit, which sends Hart back to the bench. With the demotion, Hart should see a sizable decrease in his role and could see his minutes drop into the teens or low 20s.
The Lakers are set to be without both Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (ankle) Monday, so Tyler Ennis and Hart are set to jump into the starting lineup in their place. After seeing just 12 and 13 minutes, respectively, over the last two games, Hart should be able to push for a workload in the mid-to-upper 20s while working with the top unit. In seven previous starts this season, Hart has averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 30.5 minutes.
Hart posted 26 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-8 FT), six rebounds, an assist and a steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 148-142 loss to the Rockets.
With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope still unable to leave California, Hart once again stepped in and played well in Pope's absence. While Pope will soon be able to travel, Hart has earned himself more playing time, a trend that could continue if Lonzo Ball continues to struggle with injury. Hart is a worthwhile stash for those with room on their bench, as rumors surrounding Jordan Clarkson might result in starting role for Hart if he ends up on the trading block.
With Brandon Ingram (quad) returning to the starting lineup after sitting out the previous two games, Hart will return to his regular role as a reserve. He should still see a good amount of minutes off the bench, though with Ingram (on a minutes limit) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope both available, Hart likely won't see the 33.5 minutes he's been averaging over his four starts this month. The rookie has benefitted from increased playing time over his last six contests (four starts), posting averages of 8.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 28.2 minutes per game.
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