Larry Nance Jr fractures hand in Lakers defeat

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.

After attempting to block Caleb Swanigan at the rim late in the third quarter on Thursday, Nance immediately held his hand and headed for the locker room.

The power forward went for X-rays that the Lakers confirmed showed a broken bone.

Los Angeles did not give a timeframe for Nance's return, but branded it a "major injury" in an official release.

"I obviously feel so terrible for him," head coach Luke Walton said. "He's been playing so solid for us. It's unfortunate it's going to hurt the team. He's been working so hard."

Nance missed 16 matches last season following a bone bruise to his left knee in December 2016.

The 24-year-old is averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds with four double-doubles for the 3-5 Lakers.

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