Julius Randle Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Ankle and Return

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Los Angeles Lakers' Julius Randle during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle suffered a sprained ankle against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday but was able to finish the game. The injury did not keep him out of the team's next contest.

Continue for updates.

Randle Active vs. Pacers

Monday, Feb. 8

The Lakers announced Randle was in Monday's starting lineup against Indiana. 

Randle Undergoing Testing

Saturday, Feb. 6

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reported Randle underwent X-rays on his left ankle.

Randle Showing Progress After Lost Rookie Season

After a lost rookie season due to a broken leg just 12 minutes into his debut, Randle missed just one game out of the Lakers' first 53.

In a season that has become the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, Randle is quietly putting together a solid first full year, averaging 11.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in a platoon at power forward with Larry Nance Jr. 

However, his shooting percentage hasn't been as high as the Lakers hoped for, as he's posted a 41.6 mark this season.

Still, he's gotten some high praise from opponents, including Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who spoke with Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.

"I think once he gets in that rhythm, a real rhythm, I think he’s really going to be a force to be reckoned with," Green said. 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.


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