Anthony Puccio: D’Angelo Russell is available for tonight’s game. #Nets
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Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell (left knee surgery) is finally probable for the #Nets tomorrow vs. the #Heat. @D’Angelo Russell
D’Angelo Russell moved a step closer to returning from arthroscopic knee surgery when he was assigned to the Long Island Nets for a full practice Monday morning before being recalled after the workout. Coach Kenny Atkinson called it “good news” for Russell and the Nets. “It was a full out practice,” Atkinson said. “So he’s getting close. It’s [Tuesday] and what does it look like? Just get feedback on where he is after a tough practice.”
“Yes, I’d like to see him in some simulated game action,” Atkinson said. “But it’s also when that performance team comes in and the coaches and say, ‘Hey man, this is the day.’ Then we’ll go for it . . . and obviously D’Angelo. That’s an important part of it.”
Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell just got his first game action in months. A technical foul on the bench with 7:56 left in the third. #Nets
Atkinson said whenever Russell does return, he’ll likely ease back in at first. “D’Angelo will come back progressively, so what does that look like? Really, I’m looking at what’s best for him. Is it best to start him? Those are discussions to be had going forward,” Atkinson said, who hasn’t talked to Spencer Dinwiddie about how Russell’s return will impact him.
“That’ll be a conversation when the time comes. But it was projected to be his and Jeremy Lin’s team at the start of the season, and you’d think it’ll be something similar when they come back,” Dinwiddie said. “If that’s the way it shakes out then that’s going to be a lot of fun for me and a massive increase to what I was expecting at the start of the season.
Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell on being back on the court practicing after knee surgery: “It was tough. First time back in what feels like forever; it’s amazing.” #Nets @D’Angelo Russell
Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell on practicing w/ Long Island #Nets: “I’ve been out for a while, so just getting out there with the G League team – they were amazing; they were going 100 mph – it was great. Just getting that sweat again is what I’ve been looking for.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: D’Angelo Russell is practicing with Nets G League team today, league source tells ESPN. He’s been out for several weeks with knee injury.
D’Angelo Russell, who hasn’t played since mid-November due to arthroscopic right knee surgery, is progressing, according to Atkinson. Last night, a video surfaced, suggesting that Russell lipped the words ‘two weeks’ in a conversation with Kyrie Irving. It could’ve meant he’ll be ready in two weeks, could’ve meant that they’ll be going bowling in two weeks… no one knows. Atkinson claims he did not see the video, and says there’s no timetable on the star guard.
But coach Kenny Atkinson declined to provide specifics about Russell’s status before the Nets ended a five-game road trip with a tough 108-105 loss to the Celtics Sunday night. “He’s progressing along with our schedule,” Atkinson said. “I’d just say he’s working his tail off. I was watching him in the gym yesterday. It’s an arduous process. He’s putting in a ton of time, he’s putting in full days. It’s been amazing to see his work ethic. He’s been great.”
“The plan definitely is to see D’Angelo again. I wouldn’t tell you when exactly but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. He’s progressing well,” Marks said. “He’s five weeks post-op now. I think the timeline was between seven, eight weeks depending on how things go. So we’re still a couple of weeks away.”
D’Angelo Russell still has no timeline for returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. “No update as of now. I know he was working with our performance group today, working on his core strength, hamstring strength, but it’s hard for me to put a stage on it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Wednesday. “He’s not running yet.”
Russell said he has been working his hamstrings, glutes, core and other muscles. “It’s been going well. Every day has been a grind. I’d rather be back sooner than later. … It’s a day-to-day process and I’m attacking it every day,” Russell said.
D’Angelo Russell: “I’m doing a lot of stuff. I’m in the weight room. They have a lot of stuff planned out for me. If I’m running one day, I may be walking the next. It’s all a plan. I’ve done a lot of things to test it. A full-out sprint, I’m two weeks out of surgery so I don’t think that’d be the smartest thing to do. But there’s been other ways to test it.”
D’Angelo Russell doesn’t have any idea when he’ll be ready to get back on the court. But the injured point guard joined his teammates on the current trip, with Russell, coach Kenny Atkinson and the other Nets saying it can only be a good thing to have him around, involved and engaged during his rehab. “I’m feeling better and better every day. So yeah, it’s cool,” said Russell, who saw the Nets bet the Grizzlies 98-88 on Sunday at FedEx Forum. “I don’t know [the timeline]. Really, honestly I’m just trying to stay healthy and get as strong as I can before I get back out on the floor. It’s definitely not something I want to rush. …. I’m not really forcing anything, just doing what the trainers tell me day in and day out and go from there, see how I feel every day.”
“Honestly I’m just trying to stay healthy and get as strong as I can before I get back out on the floor,” Russell told the media. “It’s definitely not something I want to rush, however that may go. I’m not really forcing anything, just doing what the trainers and stuff tell me day-in and day-out and go from there, see how I feel every day.”
Russell had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 17 to remove loose bodies in his right knee. He insisted it had nothing to do with the 11 games he missed last season because of soreness in the same knee, and said he can come away from this stronger. “It’s just more of a strength factor for me now. It’s not a reoccurring injury. It’s not something that affected me from last year,” Russell said. “So I’m just trying to go in every day and get my strength in and all that right before I go back on the court.”
Brian Lewis: Injured D’Angelo Russell made the road trip w/ his #Nets teammates, saying it’s important for team chemistry to have everybody around. Atkinson said he especially likes to have his point guards around to get on the same page. @D’Angelo Russell
Anthony Puccio: Sean Marks spoke with D’Angelo Russell: “It’s definitely frustrating for D’Angelo. I was just with him before. He’s going into this as another challenge. He knows he’ll bounce back from this and we have no doubts in our mind that he’ll be better and stronger than he was before.”
Michael Scotto: Nets say D’Angelo Russell had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. GM Sean Marks said, “It’s an arthroscopic surgery, so the plan would be for him to return this season.” Marks said there’s “probably a pretty good chance” Brooklyn applies for a disabled player exception.
Bobby Marks: No roster relief for Brooklyn with the D’Angelo Russell left knee surgery. The Nets could still apply for the Disabled Player Exception (Jeremy Lin injury) but must have a roster spot open. Brooklyn currently has 15 players under contract.
Michael Gallagher: Nets Injury Report for tomorrow night’s game vs. Utah: D’Angelo Russell (left knee contusion) is OUT.
Brian Lewis: Jarrett Allen (left foot strain) is upgraded to questionable tomorrow vs #Celtics. D’Angelo Russell (left knee contusion) is out. #Nets
Russell suffered the injury in a loss in Utah on Saturday night, and traveled back to New York with the team to undergo an MRI on Sunday. He will undergo further evaluation soon, league sources said.
The young guard limped out of the postgame locker room and down the hallway to be looked at by the Jazz’s team doctor. The Nets (5-8) chartered home after the game and the 21-year-old will be examined again by Brooklyn’s team doctors. “No update. Checking him out now,” was all Nets coach Kenny Atkinson could offer. “I didn’t really see it. I didn’t see the play. I think when he landed on a jump, I believe that’s when it happened. … We’re evaluating him now. I guess we’ll do more tests [Sunday].”
Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell to start tonight vs the #Knicks. #Nets #nyk
Michael Gallagher: D’Angelo Russell (right knee sprain) is doubtful to face the Knicks on Friday.
Anthony Puccio: D’Angelo Russell (knee) is OUT against the Cavaliers. #Nets
Anthony Puccio: Atkinson on Russell: “Nothing long term. Day-to-day. We’re a cautious group, we want to make sure he’s 100 percent.”
Keith Smith: The Brooklyn Nets announced that D’Angelo Russell is doubtful to play tonight with a right knee sprain.
Beyond nursing a rare two-game winning streak, the Lakers (23-55) will have D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram available for Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings (31-47) at Staples Center.
Mike Trudell: D’Angelo Russell has a sore knee and won’t play tonight. Tyler Ennis will get his first start in Russell’s place.
Serena Winters: Luke Walton said he was ‘fairly confident’ D’Angelo Russell will play tomorrow vs. Nuggets. Luke said DLo’s knee was a little sore today.
After missing a week of action due to a mild MCL sprain in his right knee and a strained right calf, D’Angelo Russell was back with his teammates as a full participant in Sunday’s practice. Russell did not participate in Saturday’s informal team workout, though he has been working individually through activities like ladder drills and sprints.
Mark Medina: D’Angelo Russell listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game vs Denver. But that’s subject to change since Lakers practice tomorrow
Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell will be out between 1-2 weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday showed a mild MCL sprain, strained right calf and a bone bruise. The Lakers had already ruled him out for Sunday’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks and also did not travel with the team. Though Russell underwent an MRI on Saturday morning, the results did not become available until later in the evening.
Bill Oram: D’Angelo Russell update: He did not travel with the Lakers to Dallas, so out against Mavericks. Still awaiting MRI results.
Lakers starting point guard D’Angelo Russell exited Friday’s 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers after suffering a mild MCL sprain in his right knee as well as a strained right calf. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday. “Just a little pain,” Russell said. “Awkward position that I fell in caused a little pain, but I’m all right.”
He will sit out for at least two more weeks, including when the Lakers (8-9) play host to the Atlanta Hawks (10-6) on Sunday at Staples Center. Russell plans to travel with the team this week to New Orleans (Tuesday), Chicago (Wednesday), Toronto (Friday) and Memphis (Saturday) to continue his rehab. “Definitely don’t want to force anything back,” said Russell, who will be reevalauted later in the week. “I feel like I got to be 100 percent perfect before I step back on the floor.”
Mike Bresnahan: D’Angelo projected to miss about 8 games while recovering from PRP injection. He’s begun recovery process with swimming-pool exercises.
Serena Winters: Nick Young on news of D’Angelo Russell missing 2-3 weeks: “Two or three weeks is tough he’s a major key to this team.” (on @SpectrumSN)
Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell received a PRP injection in his left knee today, it was announced by the team. The procedure was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steve Yoon. Russell is expected to be out a minimum of two weeks, and will be re-evaluated in one week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell will sit out tonight’s game against Oklahoma City with knee soreness, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell missed Friday’s 116-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs with a sore left knee. Russell will take Saturday off from practice, and doctors will examine him before Sunday’s game against the Bulls.
Tom Orsborn: Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell has been downgraded to out tonight with a sore left knee, per Walton. #Spurs
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Davis said that hearing former players such as Kevin Garnett express regret about not asking sooner for a trade to a more competitive franchise has made him think. “It makes you think, ’cause you’re wondering if you’re following in that same path,” he said. “But then again, you’re like, ‘This year could be the year.’ So, just got to take it year by year and just see, and see where the team is going, what direction they want to go to and just see where their head is.”
As New Orleans star Anthony Davis prepares for the second half of the season with the Pelicans holding on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, he still thinks about what could have been this year had teammate DeMarcus Cousins not ruptured his Achilles. “We could have gone through the playoffs. No one could really stop us as bigs. We go to the Finals if we went,” Davis told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview over All-Star weekend. [Teammate Rajon Rondo] reminds us of it: ‘You guys are the two best bigs. I know what it takes to win championships; we got it.’”
Davis said he has been mirroring Russell Westbrook’s approach to keep the Pelicans in the playoff picture. They are 4-5 since Cousins’ injury, compared to 27-21 before that. “You kind of have that Russell Westbrook mentality when [Kevin Durant] went out,” Davis said. “Russ just went out there and played, and he shot 40 shots sometimes, you know, whatever it takes to help your team win, and I’m kind of taking that approach.”
Bulls point guard Cameron Payne is set to make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers after he foot surgery sidelined him for nearly two-thirds of the season. He’ll play secondary to Bulls starting point guard Kris Dunn.