Ball’s minutes will still be capped Thursday against the Heat, but he will likely play more than the 24 minutes he was allowed in Atlanta.“He felt good,” Walton said. “He looked good in practice today, the minutes restriction will go higher again next game.”Ball has averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two games he has played since sitting out 15 games before the All-Star break with a sprained left knee.“However long I play,” Ball said, “I’m going to do what I can.” MIAMI — The Lakers experienced two departures Wednesday. One was of their own hand. The other: One of their own’s hands.Shortly after the team finalized an agreement to waive veteran Corey Brewer, rookie Josh Hart suffered a broken bone in his left hand while the Lakers practiced.Hart’s fate is uncertain after fracturing his fourth metacarpal. He returned to Los Angeles to have his hand examined by team medical staff. His options could include season-ending surgery.Brewer’s future is less murky: He is believed to have several suitors among playoff teams, but is reportedly likely to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder upon clearing waivers on Friday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hart has emerged as a favorite of Walton’s – a player who embodied the team’s developing defensive identity and fit nicely into the offense.“We’ll miss him if he’s out,” Walton said. “But we’re not going to be stuck thinking how to fill in for him until we actually hear back whether or not we’ve got him or not.”TURNOVER A NEW LEAFThe Lakers won their last time out, Monday in Atlanta, but Walton saw blemishes in the blowout. After the Lakers committed 23 turnovers against the Hawks, their coach decided to return to the basics.With his team practicing at a community center in downtown Miami, Walton instructed his players to pair up and stand 15 to 18 feet apart. Then, at the instruction of assistant coach Brian Shaw, they practiced rudimentary passes.Chest pass. Bounce pass. Overhead pass.“It looked like a high school drill,” Ball said. “It’s kind of basic, but it helps.”It’s a drill from the Tex Winter playbook, thought Walton said it is now known as the “Brian Shaw Passing Clinic.”“Just the very fundamentals of passing,” Walton said, “without doing what Tex would call ‘passing out of motion,’ being strong with the ball, snapping your wrist and getting it to your teammates.”After watching film from the win in Atlanta, Walton determined the Lakers could have cut their turnovers “by eight or 10 if we just made more solid, fundamentally sound passes.”THROWDOWN SHOWDOWNDisplaying an arsenal of 360-degree dunks, windmill dunks and tomahawk jams, a springy Ball looked nothing like a player who belongs on a minutes restriction for a knee injury.The rookie point guard closed practice on Wednesday in an impromptu dunk contest with rookie forward Kyle Kuzma that saw the two throw down one dunk after another – missing plenty along the way, too. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s what he wants,” Coach Luke Walton said of letting go of Brewer. “He’s been so great all year with our guys and he’s with the rotation the way it is, he wasn’t playing much anymore. Not because he wasn’t good enough but just because we’re trying to grow a young team while we win. I hope he gets on a good team where he’s playing and finishes the year off competing for a title.”Brewer appeared in 78 games over two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 4.2 points in 13.5 minutes. He was the NBA’s active leader in consecutive games played before sitting out on Jan. 11.Hart is averaging 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 55 appearances, but since moving into the starting lineup on Feb. 2, he has averaged 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and shot 48.9 percent from 3-point range.A prolonged absence would have a noticeable impact on the Lakers, who have won seven of the last 10 games Hart started. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball called Hart “very important” to the team’s success, saying he’s good for a “double-double pretty much every time he steps out there; one of our best defenders and he rebounds a lot.”To compensate for Brewer’s absence on the depth chart, the Lakers recalled Gary Payton II from the G-League.