Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell out at least 2 weeks with knee injury

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D'Angelo Russell has missed two of the Lakers’ last three games and was already ruled out for their game against the Warriors tonight.

He won’t be back soon.

Lakers release:

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.

That timeline would sideline Russell at least eight games. With the Lakers 8-7 and in the thick of the playoff race, that absence matters far more than expected.

The Lakers have turned to Jose Calderon without Russell – with dismal results. The main starters – Russell, Nick Yong, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov – have scored 112.1 points per 100 possessions (which would rank second in the NBA). Swap Calderon for Russell, and that offensive rating plummets to 86.2 (which would be a distant last in the league). The defense remains similar.

To be fair, that Calderon lineup has played just 36 minutes. Will its performance improve over a larger sample and as Calderon develops chemistry with the other starters?

The Lakers have no choice but to find out.