D’Angelo Russell is on track to make his return to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup after missing over two weeks following platelet rich plasma treatment on his sore knee. Head coach Luke Walton told reporters during morning shootaround that “if all goes accordingly” Russell will be back on the floor against the New York Knicks in the Lakers’ Sunday whites.
Russell’s sore knee has left the Lakers sorely missing their starting point guard. The team has gone just 3-8 in games he has missed, dropping a handful of what would have been very winnable games sans injuries. His return would allow Walton to stabilize his bench rotation while giving the starting lineup a helping hand it so desperately needs.
D’Angelo would also address the lack of perimeter shooting available in what was a very fast-paced offense prior to the injuries dragging everything down. Nick Young’s return could also be on the horizon, so the first ugly stretch of Lakers basketball this season is inching closer to being on the way out.
Russell’s return is not official for Sunday yet, but it certainly sounds like it’s more than likely he’ll be lining up against Derrick Rose. A long rest may have been exactly what Russell needed after revealing he’d been dealing with knee pain since the start of the season.