Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell checked out of the third quarter of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers, suffering a mild left ankle sprain, Lakers sideline reporter Mike Trudell confirmed. Russell limped off of the court after being subbed out, returned to the locker room, and had his ankle re-taped before returning to the bench. He returned in the fourth quarter after sitting out the remainder of the third.
D'Angelo was playing a solid game before checking out to get looked at, putting in 13 points, five assists and and four rebounds. He played the entire first quarter and closed out the first half. Luckily this doesn't appear to be a major setback for Russell, who's comfort level seems to be growing each game.
We'll follow-up with updates on his status as more information becomes available. The Lakers next travel to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday before taking another big layoff over the Thanksgiving holiday, hopefully giving D'Angelo some time to get that ankle back to 100 percent before getting back to the NBA grind.