Lakers’ Josh Hart done for season with right knee injury

Josh-Hart

Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (3) blocks the shot on Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury.

The Lakers announced the decision Thursday.

The second-year pro has missed four straight games and five of the last seven with right knee tendinitis. He had an ultrasonic debridement procedure on his right knee patellar tendon on Thursday morning.

Hart is expected to return to basketball activities in about 12 weeks, the Lakers said.

Hart is averaging 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game as a key part of Los Angeles’ young core, which has been besieged by injuries. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are already out for the season.

The Lakers (33-42) will miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

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