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Pelicans guard Josh Hart (thumb) to miss ‘significant’ time

Mar 16, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Josh Hart (3) shoots under pressure from Portland Trail Blazers power forward Robert Covington (23) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Josh Hart (3) shoots under pressure from Portland Trail Blazers power forward Robert Covington (23) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without guard Josh Hart for “the vast majority of what’s left of the season” due to a torn UCL in his right thumb.

Hart, the Pelicans’ top reserve, injured the thumb in Thursday’s 115-110 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic. He played through the injury and finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy gave the update on Hart after Friday night’s 126-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Pelicans were also without four starters — Zion Williamson (thumb), Brandon Ingram (toe), Lonzo Ball (hip) and Steven Adams (ankle) — in that game.

“He’s not going to be back in two weeks. It’s a significant amount of time,” said Van Gundy, per NOLA.com.

Hart, 26, is averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in 47 games (four starts) this season.

Through four seasons, Hart has averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds over 242 games (65 starts) with the Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pelicans (21-27) currently sit 12th in the Western Conference standings.

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–Field Level Media