Lakers' Nance Jr. out indefinitely with broken hand

Oct 4 2017 Ontario CA USA Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray defends a shot by Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. in the first quarter of the game at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Nance Jr sustained a fracture to the second metacarpal on his left hand during the Los Angeles Lakers' 113-110 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Unfortunately, it appears as if Los Angeles will be without the 24-year-old for a while, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN brings word that he has suffered a fractured hand.

Nance's absence leaves a hole in the starting lineup that head coach Luke Walton will have to fill.


Nance has averaged 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds a game this season, and more importantly has been the kind of efficient scorer working off the ball that pairs well with Lonzo Ball.

The Lakers are going to need a new starting power forward for a while.

Most likely it is Julius Randle or Kyle Kuzma. Averaging 15 points per game on better than 54 percent shooting (33.3 percent from distance), Kuzma could prove a stretch-4 to start in the frontcourt alongside center Brook Lopez. Walton, though, might want to keep his second unit intact, with Kuzma and Randle providing an offensive lift when the starters rest. Though he's played somewhat sparingly this season, averaging less than 20 minutes per game, Randle retains vast offensive talent. "He rebounds, plays with a lot of energy, he does all the little things".

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