LOS ANGELES: Larry Nance Jr. and the Los Angeles Lakers received some good news Friday (Saturday in Manila) after an examination revealed that he suffered only a sprained right wrist and not something more serious as the team originally thought.
When Nance was injured Thursday night in the Lakers’ 88-80 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer league in Las Vegas, an early diagnosis suggested it was “probable” he had a broken hand or ligament damage.
But after Nance got an MRI exam in Los Angeles on Friday by team physician Steve Lombardo and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Ortho-paedic Clinic, the results allowed the second-year forward and the team to breathe a sigh of relief.
Nance did not play in the team’s final summer league game Friday night against the Utah Jazz.
Nance was injured with 36 seconds left in the game when he was airborne on a drive, but crashed to the court hard on his wrist after a Cleveland player tried to take a charge on the play.
Nance stayed on the court absorbed in pain before he was taken to the locker room.
He put in a strong performance in the summer league.
In the four games he played, Nance averaged 9.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 2.8 steals and 1.5 assists in 29.3 minutes per game.
He shot 48.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range, but just 57.1 percent from the free-throw line.