The Los Angeles Lakers will be without the services of guard D’Angelo Russell for the next one to two weeks after an MRI on Saturday afternoon revealed that he has a mild right MCL sprain, a right calf strain, and a bone bruise.
Russell suffered the injury just over a minute into Friday’s 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers when his left foot slipped on teammate Julius Randle‘s right foot as he was setting a screen. He immediately tumbled to the ground awkwardly where 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 court on his own power.
The 20-year-old attempted to stretch his right leg but headed to the locker room shortly after where he was further examined. In his absence, Jose Calderon took his spot in the starting lineup for the remainder of the night.
Following the game, Russell had sounded optimistic about his injury and was able to walk out of the locker room without a noticeable limp.
“Just a little pain,” Russell said, who finished with zero points and turnover in one minute of action. “Awkward position that I fell in caused a little pain, but I’m alright.”
This marks the second significant injury that he has suffered this season as he missed 12 games in late November through mid-December, which included 11 consecutive contests due to a sore left knee that initially required a platelet-rich plasma shot.
“He is obviously is a major factor on this team,” Nick Young said following Friday’s game. “We are going to miss him, but we have to keep pushing.”
The second-year guard is currently averaging 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. During his last extended absence, Los Angeles turned to Calderon to hold down the starting duties, which could begin on Sunday on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.
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