Lakers Fans Look Away! Latest Update on Talen Horton-Tucker’s Thumb Injury Indicates Significance Absence for the Youngster

Published 10/12/2021, 10:16 PM EDT
May 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) moves in for a dunk against the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have had a devastating preseason so far. Apart from being winless, they are going through a critical phase of injuries. Recently, youngster Talen Horton Tucker picked up a thumb injury that would need surgery. Now, the organization put out an update on the star.

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Despite a busy off-season, the Lakers made their intentions clear for Horton Tucker. Trading him was never on the table as he showed some serious potential last season. Likewise, he quickly displayed shades of his talent in the preseason. However, bad news hit as he injured his thumb ligament.

October 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee (1) dribbles the basketball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, the star went through surgery for his injured thumb ligament and it went well. The Lakers are expecting a full recovery.

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Talen Horton-Tucker suffered an ulnar collateral ligament injury of the thumb, which is the most prevalent thumb injury. With the recent methods, it can be treated in a much shorter time frame. Hence, with the surgery done, the team doctors will reevaluate his injury in 4 weeks. However, he will surely miss the beginning of the regular season.

Horton-Tucker is a key piece to this Lakers roster. That is why they will take no chances on the young star and give him the complete time to recover. Approximately, he could miss about 15 games. Chris Paul suffered a similar injury and missed 39 days from the season. Hence, there is not a lot of worry in the Lakers camp.

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With so much potential up his sleeve, the Lakers will need him if they want to win. His offensive bag keeps improving with time. Looking at the recent struggles, Horton-Tucker could be a go-to scorer in such scenarios going into the regular season. While his role isn’t major yet, he will surely be a vital piece to the organization in time.

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After losing Horton-Tucker, the Lakers’ offense took a major drop. He put up 17 points in their close loss to the Golden State Warriors. However, after he was out, the purple and gold lost by 29 points to the Phoenix Suns in their last game.

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Hence, his impact on the team is clear, and without him, the Lakers could struggle big time. Horton-Tucker plays hard, never gives up on any play, and is also a decent defensive player. Do you think Horton-Tucker can recover quicker than expected? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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