There was some minor confusion regarding D’Angelo Russell’s injury status on Sunday afternoon, but the latest reports paint a clearer picture of the sophomore guard’s health.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, “Russell went through practice today, and a voluntary session yesterday” with Lakers head coach Luke Walton telling the media that Russell “looked great.” Walton did, however, say that the Lakers will “keep a close eye on [Russell’s knee] over the next week or so."
Russell being able to play is great news for the Lakers, who have been 8.2 points per 100 possessions better when their starting point guard is on the floor, according to NBA.com.
The Lakers got additional good health news in the form of backup center Tarik Black participating in practice despite some ankle soreness, and Walton told Ganguli he is still considered “probable” for the Lakers’ game on Tuesday.
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