LOS ANGELES – The injury bug bit the Los Angeles Lakers once again on Friday night as second-year guard D’Angelo Russell suffered a mild MCL sprain to his right knee.
Russell is also dealing with a strained right calf that he will undergo an MRI on tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury.
“Just a little pain,” Russell said, who finished with zero points in one minute of action. “Awkward position that I feel in caused a little pain, but I’m alright.”
The occurred with 10 minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the first quarter after Russell’s left foot slipped on teammate Julius Randle‘s right foot as he was setting a screen for him. He laid face down on the floor in pain for several minutes before being helped up to his feet by team trainers and walked off the floor on his own power.
Russell attempted to stretch his right leg but headed to the locker room where he was further examined. In his absence, Jose Calderon has taken his spot with the starting lineup.
“He is obviously is a major factor on this team,” Nick Young said. “We are going to miss him, but we have to keep pushing.”
The 21-year-old is averaging 14.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds while starting all 33 games that he has played this season.