Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic hip surgery on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
LOS ANGELES — Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic hip surgery on Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
The surgery ends Thomas’ season with the Lakers at 17 games, during which time the former Huskies star made a positive impression on the organization.
“Yeah, he was great,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said when asked whether the Lakers would have interest in Thomas in the offseason. “I mean, what a tough player he is. Never complained. Every time I asked him how he was doing, he said, ‘I feel great, coach.’ Told him if you ever need practices off, whatever it is, take them. He was in here every day doing his thing. Obviously he was in some pain, had some discomfort, but I didn’t know about it because he was always saying how good he felt.”
Thomas felt stiffness in his right hip when he woke up Saturday and missed the last two games of the Lakers’ recent four-game road trip. Thomas went to New York to evaluate treatment options for his hip, which needed surgery last year.
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Thomas initially injured his hip in March 2017 when he was playing for the Boston Celtics. He opted not to have surgery and spent the next two months helping the Celtics to the Eastern finals.
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James matched Jordan’s 17-year-old mark against the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets when James scored on an alley-oop dunk in the second quarter.
The 33-year-old James began his streak on Jan. 6, 2007. He can break Jordan’s record Friday night when the Cavaliers host the New Orleans Pelicans.
In the same game, a 118-105 Cavaliers victory, Kemba Walker became the Hornets’ career scoring leader. The 6-foot point guard broke Dell Curry’s record of 9,839 points with a reverse layup with 20 seconds left.
Embiid hurt in collision with Fultz
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Embiid departed after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.
Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in last June’s draft from Washington, played for the second straight game after sitting out for most of the season while recovering from a shoulder injury. The 19-year-old guard had three points, five rebounds and seven assists in 13 minutes.
Towns scores 56
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns scored a franchise-record 56 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his league-leading 63rd double-double, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 126-114 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
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