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Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell not concerned about knee injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers found out a few days ago that they will be without the services of point guard D’Angelo Russell for the next one to two weeks due to a mild right MCL sprain, a right calf strain, and bone bruise. 

In light of that news, the second-year guard on Monday afternoon downplayed the severity of the injuries, according to the LA Daily News

“It’s not that big of a deal,” Russell said. “It’s not that serious.”

Russell had also voiced a similar sentiment following Friday’s 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers repeatedly stating that he would be “alright” moving forward. The injury had occurred just a minute into the game after his left foot slipped on teammate Julius Randle‘s right foot as he was setting a screen. 

He had immediately tumbled to the ground in an awkward position and 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. 

Despite Russell’s confidence in his health, it still marks the second significant injury that he has dealt with this season. He missed 12 games in late November through mid-December, which included 11 straight contests due to a sore left knee that initially required a platelet-rich plasma shot. 

His absence from the lineup was felt on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks where the Lakers suffered the worst loss in franchise history falling by 49 points in a 122-73 blowout. 

Russell is currently averaging 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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