What started out as a fun and promising season that had some hoping for a possible playoff spot has turned ugly. An injury bug the size of the bugs in Starship Troopers has plagued this season and derailed it to the point of no return. With that, the return of Team Tank has surfaced again.
That being said, some good news came out Monday as it was announced that D’Angelo Russell was cleared to play Tuesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. After a full practice on Sunday and Monday, the second year guard out of Ohio State was cleared to play on Tuesday. As of Monday he was still listed as questionable, though the determining factor of him playing will be “How I feel when the game starts.”
Russell missing the last three games (all three losses, including the worst loss in franchise history) has been extremely hard for the team. There has been little to no flow to the offense, especially to the starting lineup. Fortunately for the Lakers they have had a rather unusually large break between the game on Tuesday, and the game last Thursday against the Jazz. This gave D’Angelo Russell optimal time to get fully healthy and he should be ready to go tomorrow. Hopefully this will be his final stint on the injury list this year, with only a few games left until the All-Star weekend combined with a less tumultuous schedule after the break. The Lakers are 3-13 without him on the court, and the offense lacks much ball movement. Hopefully he’ll be able to shake some of the rust off that was starting to show in the games before the injury, as well as the rust from this absence itself. With a continuously developing second season, it’s imperative that he stay healthy, and stay on the court.
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