Russell posted 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, three steals and two rebounds over 36 minutes in Tuesday's 133-109 loss to the Clippers.
The Lakers lineup has been pretty much set recently, but there's still been unrest at shooting guard, with Nick Young and Russell alternating at the position frequently. Despite this, Russell is the player to own on the team, as he has an uncanny ability to break out with a huge game more often than any other Laker. He's scored 20 or more points in six of his last 13 games, and while that's not exactly consistent, he shows potential to be a high risk/reward fantasy candidate. As long as owners can handle a lot of variance, Russell is the best fantasy option on the team currently.
Coach Luke Walton said Russell will remain in the starting lineup at shooting guard Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
After moving Russell to the bench for two games, Walton opted to insert him into the starting five in an off-the-ball role Sunday against the Cavaliers while Nick Young (illness) sat out. While it's undoubtedly a small sample, Russell erupted for a career-high 40 points, going 14-of-22 from the field and knocking down seven three-pointers. Even with Young expected back Tuesday -- he went through a full practice Monday -- Walton will stick with the same starting five in an attempt to galvanize a young Lakers team that's dropped 13 of its last 14 contests.
Russell tallied 40 points (14-22 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six assists, two rebounds and two steals over 41 minutes in Sunday's 125-120 loss to the Cavaliers.
Having gotten ejected in Friday's loss to the Bucks, Russell seemingly came out on a mission Sunday after being named the starter at two-guard due to Nick Young's illness. The 2015 first-round pick picked up where he's left off in Friday's contest, when he'd shot 5-for-9 from the field before his exit. Russell's shot attempts were the most he'd put up since Feb. 24 and the the seven made three-pointers equaled the season-high number he'd drained way back on Nov. 15 versus the Nets. Whether he'll be able to consistently sustain close to this level of production is certainly up for debate -- considering this is the same player that also scored between five and 11 points in a three-game stretch earlier in March and has occasionally turned in single-digit scoring efforts without warning this season. However, the talent for this caliber of effort is always there with Russell, rendering him one of the highest upside players in the league.
Russell will start at shooting guard for Sunday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
With Nick Young (illness) sidelined, coach Luke Walton has opted to insert D'Angelo Russell back into the starting five, where he spent the majority of the season. That being said, Russell will play the shooting guard slot while Jordan Clarkson continues his duties at the point. Russell is averaging 9.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting across 24.7 minutes per game over his past three outings.
Russell was one of three players ejected in the third quarter of Friday's 107-103 loss against the Bucks.
Russell was actually have a pretty solid shooting night, finishing with 14 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-5 FT). He and teammate Nick Young were given the heave ho, as was Milwaukee's Greg Monroe, for their part in a shoving match. It's unlikely Russell will face any sort of suspension due to the incident.
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