D’Angelo Russell is at least somewhat living up to the hype of his days with the Los Angeles Lakers. Considering, no wonder the Brooklyn Nets are taking a cautious approach to his health.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Russell will be sidelined for “several games” after suffering a knee injury in his team’s loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell is likely to miss several games with a left knee injury, league sources tell ESPN. He will undergo further evaluation. He was hurt in loss to Jazz on Saturday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 12, 2017
The third-year pro left the game with 2:35 remaining and the Jazz leading by six. Seconds earlier, he’d hobbled toward the Nets’ sideline after his knee hit the floor at an awkward angle while jump-stopping. Coach Kenny Atkinson had no further information on Russell’s status during his post-game press conference.
“No update. Checking him out now,” he said, per Bryan Lewis of the New York Post. “I didn’t really see it. I didn’t see the play. I think when he landed on a jump, I believe that’s when it happened. … We’re evaluating him now. I guess we’ll do more tests [Sunday].”
Russell notched 26 points, six rebounds and three assists on just 17 shots before being forced to leave the game. He’s averaging 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season, and has improved his efficiency despite yet being unable to find the range from 3-point land.
With Jeremy Lin out for the season and surging backup Spencer Dinwiddie hobbled by hamstring soreness, Russell’s injury leaves Brooklyn in a tough spot at point guard. If Dinwiddie can’t go on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, expect Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick to assume most of the Nets’ ball-handling responsibilities.