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Isaiah Thomas leaves Lakers to have hip checked by doctors in New York

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 10: Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as the Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on February 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 130-123. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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Can we just go into settings and turn injuries off for this season? Please?

After missing the start of the season with a hip issue lingering from his All-NBA season before, Isaiah Thomas has returned for 32 games and had started to find a groove with the Lakers where he was scoring as a spark off the bench. He’s playing for his next contract, and it is the first big kick at the can for Thomas (who has never made more than $7.2 million in a season).

Then comes this news, via Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Ugh. “Evaluate treatment options” does not sound good.

Thomas did not want surgery before this season, we’ll see if he now has to change his mind. Whatever happens, it’s just is a blow to a player who has pushed hard and made the most out of his natural talents in a way not all players do. He’s been a fan favorite everywhere (except Cleveland) for a reason, but this season has been rough on him.