Kyle Goon: Josh Hart is already listed as OUT for tomorrow's game against the Wizards. Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala are QUESTIONABLE. LeBron James is PROBABLE.
Kyle Goon: Josh Hart is OUT again today. Luke Walton said the Lakers are expecting more medical information on him later in the week.
Mike Trudell: LeBron James is listed as probable with a left knee contusion for tonight’s game vs. SAC, while Josh Hart (knee tendinitis) is out, and Mike Muscala (tibialias posterior tendinitis) questionable.
Mike Trudell: Luke Walton said Josh Hart won’t play tonight (sore knee). LeBron will play, Tyson Chandler is available and Lance Stephenson is questionable.
Mike Trudell: Josh Hart, out tonight due to the sore knee that’s been bothering him since January, will consult with team medical staff for a plan about how to proceed with the remaining games this season.
Mike Trudell: Josh Hart and Tyson Chandler are both available to play tonight. Lance Stephenson will not play.
Mike Trudell: Reggie Bullock is available to play tonight in Detroit, while Lance Stephenson and Josh Hart join LeBron, Chandler, Ingram and Lonzo on the shelf for the shorthanded Lakers.
Ryan Ward: Along with LeBron, Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) is also OUT tonight vs. #Pistons #Lakers guard Josh Hart (right knee tendinitis) is considered QUESTIONABLE. Reggie Bullock (left foot contusion) and Lance Stephenson (left foot, second toe sprain) are PROBABLE.
Kyle Goon: Josh Hart (knee tendinitis) is QUESTIONABLE tomorrow against the Raptors. Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) haven't played in over a week, and they're both listed as QUESTIONABLE. Kyle Kuzma is off the injury report.
Mike Trudell: Josh Hart said he’s feeling better after taking some time over the break to let his knee calm down, but won’t really know how it responds until game action. He’s hopeful that it’ll be a legit difference and he’ll get back feeling like himself. He’ll know more tomorrow night.
Andrew Wojnarowski: 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.
Mike Trudell: Josh Hart is available to play tonight in Boston after missing the last game at Indiana with knee tendinitis.
Harrison Faigen: Walton said the medical staff held Josh Hart out. "His knee is killing him." He hopes Hart will be okay for Thursday
Kyle Goon: In their game notes, Lakers say: • LeBron James (load management), Ivica Zubac (left middle finger) and Kyle Kuzma (hip strain) are PROBABLE • Josh Hart (knee tendinitis) is QUESTIONABLE
Brad Turner: Lakers have listed Josh Hart (tendinitis left knee) and Kyle Kuzma (strained left hip) as probable for game at Golden State Saturday. Both Hart and Kuzma played against the Clippers Thursday night.
Dave McMenamin: Luke Walton says the Lakers are preparing as if LeBron won’t be available tomorrow. The Lakers say he is officially listed as out. Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart are both questionable. However Walton said today Kuzma did the most he’s done since sitting out with his hip injury.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) sat out of practice today. Luke Walton hopes they’ll be able to play on Tues. #Lakers
Josh Hart asked out of the game in second half with the tendinitis acting up in his knee according to Luke Walton.
Tania Ganguli: Josh Hart’s knee was bothering him so he didn’t participate in contact today. Luke Walton would expect him to play tomorrow.
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton on Josh Hart playing vs. #Nuggets: "I would expect him to, but we'll see. Marco [Nunez] told me his ankle was hurting this morning, so there's no reason to not let him rest that up and get treatment." #Lakers
Mike Trudell: Walton said Josh Hart came through last game fine with the ankle he tweaked at Cleveland. He’s available for normal minutes off the bench.
Tania Ganguli: Josh Hart, who tweaked his hamstring, will play limited minutes and has been instructed to be very honest about how he’s feeling, Luke Walton says. Hart has a tendency to insist he’s fine so he can keep playing.
Mike Bresnahan: Josh Hart “tweaked” his hamstring at practice today, Luke Walton said. It’s unclear if he’ll play Wednesday vs. Golden State.
Ryan Ward: Josh Hart (@Josh Hart) jokingly said this about the final games of the season: "I want to tie Kobe Bryant's 40-point stretch. Eight 40-point games in a row? So that's probably what I'm going to try to accomplish over the next eight games [laughs].” #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: Luke Walton said Josh Hart looked really good in 3-on-3 work but has yet to be cleared. Walton says if Hart continues to progress, he could be cleared for Friday.
Now the rookie forward has progressed to eyeing a specific date for his return, which Hart said on Spectrum SportsNet is March 30 against the Milwaukee Bucks: “Definitely a possibility. Last week was a little rough. The tissue was a little sore and that kind of thing, but now the flexibility of it is starting to get there and the swelling is going down. I’m definitely targeting that game to try and get out there. Hopefully sooner, but definitely targeting that game.”
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers rookie Josh Hart, hanging with us live for @SpectrumSN pre-game show, says he plans to return from broken left hand March 30 vs. Milwaukee. It would be right at the start of the 4-to-6 week timetable laid out by the Lakers after his surgery.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Josh Hart did the most drills he's done since fracturing the fourth metacarpal in his left hand when he shot and did some movement and shooting drills. However Luke Walton said Hart's left hand is still "fat" and it will still be closer to the end of the season if he's cleared.
Mike Bresnahan: Josh Hart (broken left hand) was in good spirits today, hoping to return before regular season ends April 11 And, yet, he was also sad. His Xbox skills are gravely affected, he says.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers rookie Josh Hart underwent successful surgery on a broken left hand and will need four to six weeks to recover. Slightly less than six weeks are left in the Lakers’ season.
Bill Oram: Josh Hart is en route to Los Angeles to have his hand examined tomorrow morning. Needless to say, that rules him out for tomorrow's game in Miami.
Mike Trudell: Injury update: Josh Hart got hit on the left hand (4th metacarpal) and left practice to get X-Rays.
Serena Winters: Josh Hart and P.J. Dozier still ruled out for the Lakers tonight (ankles). Everyone else is available. Gametime 5pm vs. Mavericks!
June 14, 2021 | 9:43 am EDT Update
“They’re really loaded on him,” Rivers said. “We showed him on film, the flow pass the bounce pass are the two areas where we’re going to need him to be great.” Harris’ scoring is still his calling card and the area that you look at first to cite his playoff improvement: Through eight games, he’s averaging 23.6 points per game on 60 percent true shooting this postseason compared to 15.8 points per game on 46 percent true shooting in last season’s sweep against Boston in the bubble. But especially on those backup units, teams might force Harris to be a distributor. In Game 3, he looked up to the challenge.
Rivers joked on Sunday about how he doesn’t like “football players” in basketball, emphasizing that you can’t rest on defense in basketball. For Korkmaz, who gets on the floor because of his shooting, the defensive side is where he is forced to work harder. “Furk is doing all the little things that are required out of him,” Rivers said. “We’re not asking him to be Ben. But we’re asking him to be a better version of himself defensively. And I think he’s doing that.”
But with the Nuggets’ season on the line, and their two best players — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray — out (Jokic was ejected at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter due to a flagrant foul 2), Denver scored 43 points over roughly the final 16 minutes. The Suns suffered a bit of a defensive letdown. “We know when we’re not playing the type of defense that we need to be playing,” Devin Booker said after the game. “So we communicate that amongst each other, and we tell each other ‘It’s time to lock in.’ And that’s what we do. But we saw a different style of offense once Jokic went out. Them having JaVale (McGee) picking and rolling to the rim.
Both of them get it, that life is bigger despite being uber-competitive. Paul is known for his relentlessness on the court that borders on maniacal. But even when he was going through his shoulder issues, he kept making it clear people are going through worse and he’d be fine. “To be on this journey with him and to see it paying off is nice,” Paul said. “We’re a lot alike. We stay locked in. I don’t feel good until the buzzer sounds. Mont’s the same way. When the series is over, and the game is over, it’s nice to share those moments.”
Davis, a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship-winning squad, had some thoughts on the injury. In an Instagram reply, Davis seemed to imply that it was a result of basketball karma after Irving stomped on Boston’s center court logo earlier in the playoffs. “Karma is real. Energy is real no matter what you guys say,” Davis said in another IG comment. “That logo means something negative or positive. Ky wished that on hisself (sic). Energy is real, always have respect for other no matter if its (sic) a logo are (sic) not.”
June 14, 2021 | 8:27 am EDT Update
A gold medal is one thing missing from his resume, but he said he has yet to make up his mind. He continues to look at the logistics of playing in Tokyo. He is curious to learn which other players are planning to go and to see how strong the team will be. “I’m literally 50-50,” he said of his decision. “I probably need to decide in the next two weeks.”