Injury news for D’Angelo Russell and more

Injury news for D’Angelo Russell and more

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The basketball gods have not been kind to the Lakers, it seems. They have decided that a playoff run for this team is too soon. They have cursed us with the injury bug. It began with D’Angelo Russell, and last night Tarik Black was the next victim on this growing list.

Unfortunately, he sprained his ankle on that play last night. X-ray’s returned negative so it was only a sprain. That said, he will not be available for Wednesday night’s game in Houston.  He may be available Friday against the Suns.

The List

With the Black injury, the list is now at 5 players. D’Angelo Russell is still out with a sore knee, though news about that will come later. Larry Nance Jr is listed as questionable for Wednesday night. He has missed 2 games already with a knee contusion, though he practiced Tuesday. Nick Young is out 2-3 more weeks due to a strained calf. Jose Calderon is also out with a strained calf for 2-4 weeks. Finally Tarik Black is listed as out for Wednesday with a moderate ankle sprain, though day to day after that. That’s 5 of the 15-man roster and more importantly 3 of the 6 guards.

Good News

Now that I have ripped your heart and soul and ruined your Tuesday, how about giving you some good news?  It was announced Tuesday that D’Angelo Russell has been cleared for basketball activity.

Now before you all wonder why he isn’t travelling with the team, it is likely that he will be working to get his strength back to game shape. Luke Walton was coy about when he will make his return, though I’m sure Russell is chomping at the bit to come back. As our recent struggles have shown. The Lakers need him back just as much as he wants to return.

Other good news is that Larry Nance Jr did participate fully in practice Tuesday, as well as travelled with the team.

He suited up on Monday against Utah, however, he did not play at all. Whether he will see minutes against Houston is entirely up to Walton. The team has struggled to win games without all their healthy players so any good news is needed.  Hopefully the injury bug will be eradicated so we can get back to fun, young, and surprising Lakers basketball.

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