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Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell exits game with ankle injury

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell exited Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets with a moderately sprained right ankle in the second quarter.

Russell suffered the injury with just over three minutes left in the period after he rolled his right ankle with all his momentum going forward on Nuggets guard D.J. Augustin’s foot after he dribbled toward the key before dishing it off to his teammate.

The 20-year-old fell to the floor in immediate and obvious pain and had to be helped to the locker room by his teammates as he was unable to put any weight on his ankle. X-rays on the injury were negative. Russell finished with two points on 1-of-4 shooting with two points and one rebound in 12 minutes played. 

“We are going to wait and see how it feels,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said. “He turned that thing over really good. I am not going to count him out for Sunday and Monday but we want to see how he recovers in the next couple of days.”

Russell also echoed the same sentiment following the game that he will play wait-and-see with his ankle. 

“I’ll see how I feel in the morning,” Russell said. “I definitely want to get out there, we only have a few games left so I want to finish the season out on a positive note. I definitely want to get out there as soon as possible.”

In the 14 games since he returned to the starting lineup prior to Friday, Russell had been averaging 17.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. This included seven 20-plus point performances and one 30-point scoring game in that span and scored 20 or more points in four straight contests. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. 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, @BGarciaivsports.
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