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Pelicans: Josh Hart to miss ‘vast majority’ of rest of season with thumb injury

Pelicans guard Josh Hart

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 26: Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans stands on the court during the second quarter of an NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at Smoothie King Center on March 26, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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The Pelicans lost to the Hawks last night without Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Steven Adams and Josh Hart.

Don’t expect Hart back soon.

Pelicans:

Christian Clark of nola.com:

If Hart undergoes surgery, he could miss the rest of the season.

Especially because the Pelicans’ season could end sooner given all these injuries. New Orleans is two teams and 1.5 games out of play-in position. Reaching the postseason would an uphill battle even if the Pelicans were healthy.

New Orleans is reportedly signing Isaiah Thomas to add backcourt depth. He might provide a scoring punch with so many top options sidelined. But he won’t replicate Hart’s defense.

Hart will be a restricted free agent this summer. He could draw significant interested as a 3-and-D wing. However, he’s having a down year from beyond the arc, something that could’ve corrected with more playing time. This would be a bitter way to end his contract year.