The Los Angeles Lakers are not ready to make a call on D’Angelo Russell’s availability Sunday when they host the Chicago Bulls, officially listing him as questionable with a sore left knee. Russell sat out against the San Antonio Spurs but was with the team on the bench.
Team doctors will re-evaluate Russell prior to tip-off Sunday as the team does not have shootaround earlier in the day. Head coach Luke Walton revealed Russell’s knee has been bothering him, though he’s played through it. D’Angelo felt more discomfort than previously before the Spurs’ game, and the team decided to shut him down for the night.
The injury does not appear to be serious, with the Lakers opting for caution with their franchise point guard early in the season. Russell is averaging 27.2 minutes through 12 games, and Walton has kept minutes down for a team that is proving to be surprisingly deep.
No Laker is averaging over 30 minutes per game, with Julius Randle clocking a team-high 28.4 minutes per game. Spreading the minutes and resting players who are feeling the aches of a long 82-game season. What a novel concept.
The Bulls will be on the second-half of a back-to-back and having Russell would definitely be a boost. As we saw against the Spurs, though, the team has plenty of fight even without their leading guard.