High-flying big man Larry Nance Jr. will be out indefinitely for the Los Angeles after suffering from a bone bruise in his left knee. The Lakers forward have been playing well for the team and has provided some nice highlights this season.
The official Lakers’ Twitter account confirmed the Nance injury on Wednesday.
Injury Update: MRI showed a bone bruise in @Larrydn22's L knee. Out indefinitely, but further results were inconclusive due to swelling.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 21, 2016
“MRI showed a bone bruise in @Larrydn22’s L knee. Out indefinitely, but further results were inconclusive due to swelling,” the Lakers tweeted.
The good news for the Lakers that bone bruises are likely minor issues. But the Lakers will list him as “out indefinitely” until further tests reveal the extent of the injury.
In his second year in the league, Nance is averaging 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 22.4 minutes per game. Nance’s best game this season came in an 118-110 loss to the Bulls on Nov. 20 when he had 18 points and 6 rebounds
Nance is the energy guy for the Lakers in a backup role. He comes off the bench for big men Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Timofey Mozgov. Tarik Black, the other backup big man, will be returning soon for the Lakers. Black’s return would be good timing for L.A. who will lose Nance for the next few games.
Production-wise, more will be expected from Randle, Ingram plus small forward Luol Deng. Nance rebounding will be missed but boards of Randle and Ingram should see an uptick with the opportunity to play more.
Nance has already produced a lot of posters this season:
Larry Nance Jr. over Golden State Warriors’ David West:
Larry Nance Jr. over Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopez:
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The Lakers started well this season but are on their way back to the lottery. With 11 wins and 20 losses, they are again at the bottom half of the Western Conference.
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