NBA Injuries

D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Bogut update

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Both D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Bogut updated in this article

D’Angelo Russell (knee) missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Oklahoma Thunder and will miss today’s game vs. the Golden State Warriors.

Russell missing two games may be in direct reflection of how he appeared against the Chicago Bulls last Sunday. He scored just eight points and seven assists on 3-of-11 shooting in the loss. Russell was relying on jump shots and 3-pointers. He then sat out of Monday’s practice and Tuesday’s shootaround.

“The more time he misses, the more serious it seems to be,” head coach Luke Walton said. “But I’m not going to try to guess or make judgment on that. We’re just going to continue grinding away and going to work. Once the training staff, doctors, and D’Angelo know he’s good to go, he’ll be back in there.”

He is still dealing with soreness and continues to remain day-to-day. The Lakers will also play on Friday against the Warriors, so that will be his next opportunity to see time on the court. In the time being, with the season being young, the Lakers are going to take it slow and make sure he can return healthy.

“If he can’t go out and play without any restrictions, it’s not really worth having him out there right now,” Walton said. “He’s too young and his future is too bright to risk that. If he can get out there and play the way we know he can, then obviously we want him on the court.”

Jose Calderon, Jordan Clarkson, and Lou Williams all should get more minutes until Russell can return.

Update: D’Angelo Russell has PRP injection. ~2wks RTP


Andrew Bogut’s injury

Andrew Bogut (calf) is questionable to play tonight vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. He injured his calf when he was kicked in the calf against Orlando on Saturday. Bogut was seen massaging the area but continued to play. He said Monday there was a knot near his calf where he got kicked.

Bogut practiced yesterday for an hour and his head coach Rick Carlisle said “there’s a chance” that he’d be available tonight, so he’s more than likely headed for a game-time call. Bogut commented on his ability to play against Los Angeles. “I don’t think it’s much longer than that,” he said. “It’s just kind of locked my leg up. It’s like a dead leg. I think two or three days, max. I’m hoping to play on Wednesday, but I can’t really run right now.”

Salah Mejri is getting Bogut’s minutes since he has been out. Mejri played well against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. He was 4-of-5 from the field and put up eight points with 11 rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in 32 minutes.

If he can return, Salah Mejri will return to the bench, and his minutes would take a pretty massive hit. Stay tuned.

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