Player News - Lakers

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D'Angelo Russell (knee) did not travel with the team for Sunday's game against the Mavs.

The team is still awaiting the results of his MRI. There's no word of him rejoining with the team, so he's almost certainly out. Russell doesn't seem to be concerned about this injury long term and hopefully he only needs one game off. With him out, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson should be starting in most formats while Jose Calderon will see more run.
Jan 21 - 5:13 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) went through a full practice on Saturday and is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

That's a great sign for Deng to return. Deng was previous ruled out "indefinitely" earlier this week, but it was just their way of saying they didn't know how long his shooting wrist would bother him. With Brandon Ingram playing much better and Larry Nance back, Deng may not be returning to the same role he had before the injury. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Jan 21 - 2:55 PM

Nick Young was diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee on Friday night but was able to return to the game and the X-rays taken were negative.

Young finished with 15 points, five 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes. Young said his knee was "a little sore" after the game, "but the win made it feel much better." He should be ready to roll for Sunday's game against the Mavs. In fact, he could see additional minutes if D'Angelo Russell (knee/calf) misses the contest.
Jan 21 - 11:09 AM

D'Angelo Russell suffered a mild medial collateral ligament sprain of his right knee and a right calf strain on Friday night and will undergo an MRI test on Saturday.

Russell and the Lakers seemed to downplay the severity of the injury after the game, which is good news. "I don’t think it’s as bad as I initially thought," said coach Luke Walton said. "When I saw him go down, I was pretty worried, but he said he felt all right when I checked on him at halftime." Here is what Russell himself had to say: "The awkward position I fell in caused a little pain, but I’m all right. It’s just sore." If Russell does miss time, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will see a major uptick in minutes.
Jan 21 - 11:04 AM

Lou Williams scored 27 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on Friday vs. the Pacers.

Coach Luke Walton said before the game that he is "probably not" going to shorten his bench minutes, but now he may have to extend them with D'Angelo Russell leaving the game early with a right MCL sprain. Williams shot 7-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line in 30 minutes, so his owners can expect some monster production if Russell is unable to play on Sunday vs. Dallas.
Jan 21 - 2:14 AM

Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what.
Jan 21 - 2:07 AM

Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting vs. the Pacers on Friday.

D'Angelo Russell (knee) left the game early in the first quarter and didn't return, so Clarkson logged 33 minutes and racked up five rebounds, three assists, five steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers. Russell is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday, but Clarkson could be looking at a sizable bump in value if Russell misses time. As frustrating as he's been this season, Clarkson is worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 2:01 AM

Jose Calderon scored seven points with six assists, one rebound, one steal and one triple in 19 minutes vs. the Pacers on Friday.

Calderon started the second half because D'Angelo Russell left the game with a knee injury and wasn't able to return. Russell is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday and could miss time, but Calderon isn't an exciting pickup in most leagues. Calderon averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 assists in seven previous starts this season.
Jan 21 - 1:56 AM

Ivica Zubac only played six minutes on Friday vs. the Pacers, but looked solid with four points on 2-of-2 shooting with one rebound.

Timofey Mozgov (25 minutes) and Tarik Black (28 minutes) got the bulk of the frontcourt minutes on Friday, but we'd expect that to change after the All-Star break -- the Lakers are just 16-31 and will want to shift their focus towards player development. Zubac was coming off a breakout game in which he scored 11 points (5-of-11 FGs) with 13 rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes, but treat him like a stash until he gets consistent burn.
Jan 21 - 1:48 AM

Nick Young (knee) returned from an injury scare in Friday's 108-96 win over the Pacers and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and he returned for the second half. Young was moving well and hit five 3-pointers with three rebounds, one assist and one steal, and while he did say his knee was "a little sore" after the game, he should be fine for Sunday's game vs. Dallas unless the Lakers want to be cautious.
Jan 21 - 1:44 AM

Nick Young (knee) started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and it sounds like he escaped with a minor tweak. Young is moving well as we report this, but check back after the game for an update.
Jan 21 - 12:02 AM

D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

In addition to his right MCL sprain, Russell also has a strained right calf. The Lakers didn't rule Russell out right away, so hopefully the injuries are minor. Russell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but don't be surprised if he misses time since the Lakers have nothing to play for. Jose Calderon started the second half, but he's not a great speculative pickup. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will each get a boost with Russell out.

Nick Young hyperextended his left knee on Friday vs. the Pacers and is questionable to return.

X-rays were negative and there's a chance that Young could play in the second half. If Young or D'Angelo Russell (knee) are unable to return, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will be busy in the second half. Stay tuned .
Jan 20 - 11:43 PM

Nick Young limped to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday.

He had a tweak to his left knee on a non-contact injury and couldn't put weight on it as he hopped off the floor. Young was in a lot of pain along the baseline for about two minutes before going back to the locker room. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will be busy. We'll likely see more Jose Calderon and Brandon Ingram, as well.
Jan 20 - 11:29 PM

D'Angelo Russell has been diagnosed with a mild MCL sprain in his right knee, but he could return for the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

This is great news. It sounds like the injury is very minor, but we'll know for sure when Russell is re-evaluated at halftime. Jose Calderon entered the game when Russell went back to the locker room, but Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will benefit the most if Russell misses time.
Jan 20 - 11:09 PM


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