Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat his sore left knee.
Dr. Steve Yoon performed the procedure on Russell and the Lakers have confirmed that he will be re-evaluated after a week.
When asked if Russell would require surgery, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said: "No, not unless somebody else tells me something different. I like to keep it pretty positive. If they tell me that they think this is going to help and get him back out there, then I'm going with [the idea] that in two weeks, he'll be ready to play again."
Walton also admitted that he was unsure how long Russell has been playing through the injury and added that he was surprised when he first saw the 20-year-old struggling to run.
"It kind of caught me by surprise," Walton said. "He was limping around in practice one day and we took him out because he wasn't running right, and they told me that his knee had been bothering him. I know he played through it; I don't remember the day or for how long, but he was playing through it for a while there and playing good. Obviously, it got worse. But the timeline? I have no idea."
Russell’s absence will be a big blow for the Lakers as he is averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals in the 13 games he has played this season.