UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. — The Los Angeles Lakers clarified that the most recent injury report released to reporters was not an indication of D’Angelo Russell’s status in Charlotte. Both Baxter Holmes of ESPN and Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times have followed-up with this update, which lines up with Shahan Ahmed of NBA Los Angeles’ assessment.
The Los Angeles Lakers could be without starting point guard D’Angelo Russell Tuesday night when they take on the Charlotte Hornets, reports Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. Russell is listed as out for “rest” for the second game in a row in the Lakers’ latest injury update after getting the night off in Cleveland to rest his sore left knee.
Resting Russell on the second night of a back-to-back during their long road trip, for the first time since returning, wasn’t much cause for concern Saturday night. Doing it again after he got another extended break is a bit alarming, but until noted otherwise, this is being painted as routine rest.
There’s also the fact that the team did not practice Sunday, meaning the injury update provided is from the PR team. No practice means no injury updates, so it could be as simple as the latest update being little more than some clerical housekeeping between team functions, as Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles clarified:
Lakers injury report has D'Angelo Russell out, but there's a note that seems to say that there's no new info. So, I wouldn't count on that. pic.twitter.com/vAuywpitA3— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) December 18, 2016
As of now all we know is he’s officially listed out for rest, but that could very well change over the next 48 hours. It seems likely we’ll get another update once they practice Monday, which we’ll follow-up with once the Lakers provide details.