The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to push through injuries to two of their starters, with D’Angelo Russell’s return from undergoing platelet rich plasma treatment looking closer than Nick Young’s. Russell is scheduled to meet with team doctor’s on Monday, close to the two-week minimum the team announced he would be out following the procedure, according to Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet.
The PRP treatment was done on Nov. 23, meaning the full two weeks would put Russell’s return on Dec. 7, when the Lakers travel to Houston to face the Rockets. Monday, Dec. 5, the Lakers are back in Staples Center for the first time after they conclude the four-game road trip they’re currently on, hosting the Utah Jazz.
Is there a chance he returns what would be one game earlier than expected? Perhaps, but there’s no need to start counting those unhatched chickens just yet. It makes sense the team would want to check everything out once they are back home, especially since Russell is traveling with the team. The Lakers should give a solid update on his status on Monday at the very least, though, which will be nice.
Russell was clear he wanted to make sure his knee was 100 percent before returning, and if that means he misses one additional game, that is a small price to pay. Having a healthy D’Angelo back in time to play against the Jazz would certainly be nice, though.