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D’Angelo Russell to miss 1-2 weeks with an MCL sprain, calf strain and bone bruise in his right leg

Los Angeles will miss their point guard, but receive good news that his injury wasn’t worse.

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An MRI on Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell confirmed his initial diagnosis of a calf strain and MCL sprain, the team announced on Saturday. The MRI also found a bone bruise, with all three injuries being sustained by Russell’s right leg. The Lakers estimate that Russell will miss “one-to-two weeks and will be re-evaluated in one week.”

Russell collapsed in the first minute of the Lakers’ Friday night win over the Indiana Pacers after an awkward collision between himself and Julius Randle. He is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists this season, and the Lakers are 2.5 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court, according to

All things considered, this is good news for the Lakers after how dead the air was in Staples Center after Russell collapsed. The team will miss Russell, but at least this should be a relatively minor injury in the grand scheme of things.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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