D'Angelo Russell Injury: Updates on Lakers Guard's Calf, Knee and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 125-118 Laker win over the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell suffered a strained calf against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night and would not return to the game, per ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes.

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reported Russell also sprained his MCL.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Russell's Timeline for Return

Saturday, Jan. 21

The Lakers announced Russell underwent an MRI Saturday that revealed a sprained right MCL, a right calf strain and a bone bruise that will keep him on the shelf for one-to-two weeks.

Injuries Having Negative Impact on Russell's 2016 Season

Russell nursed a sore left knee toward the end of November and missed 11 straight games after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection.

But when he's been healthy, Russell has looked like the real deal in his first year playing for head coach Luke Walton. Through 33 appearances, the second-year stud is averaging 14.8 points, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three-point range.

"With this team, it's anybody's night," Russell said, per the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina. "But as a point guard, I definitely want to be the main factor as far as getting guys involved and dominating the game. If the ball is in my hands or it isn't in my hands. I can dominate the game in different aspects."

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Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams should assume primary on-ball playmaking responsibilities so long as Russell is sidelined, while rookie Brandon Ingram could also be used as a secondary creator if Walton chooses to deploy him as a point forward.


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