When the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, it will mark the return of second-year guard D’Angelo Russell after missing the last three games due to a mild right MCL sprain, a right calf strain, and bone bruise, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
D’Angelo Russell will start tonight against Denver without any minute restrictions.
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 31, 2017
This falls right in the middle of the one to two-week recovery timetable that was originally projected. He had suffered the injury a minute into the Lakers’ 108-95 win over the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 20 after his left foot slipped on teammate Julius Randle‘s right foot as he was setting a screen.
In his absence, the Lakers have lost their last three games all on the road. Jose Calderon had picked up spot start duties in the last two contests while rookie Brandon Ingram picked up the role in the first game following the injury.
This was the second significant injury that Russell has dealt with this season as he missed 12 games in late November through mid-December, which included 11 straight contests because of a sore left knee that initially required a platelet-rich plasma shot. He has now been sidelined for 15 out of a possible 50 games this year.
The 20-year-old has been one of the Lakers’ primary scoring punches currently averaging 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
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