Lakers' D'Angelo Russell: Explodes for career-high 40 points Sunday

Russell started at shooting guard and tallied a career-high 40 points (14-22 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go with six assists, two rebounds and two steals across 41 minutes in Sunday's 125-120 loss to the Cavaliers.

After shooting 32 percent from the floor over his previous four games and having been unseated by Jordan Clarkson as the team's starting point guard, Russell reentered the starting five in an off-the-ball role with Nick Young (illness) sitting out, and came though with perhaps his best performance in his two NBA seasons. While Young isn't expected to miss much further time, he's not considered a part of the Lakers' long-term core like Russell is, so it seems likely the former No. 2 overall pick will have another opportunity to try and build on this outing Tuesday against the Clippers. The talent has never been in question for Russell, but after faring inconsistently in conducting the team's offense during his time in the league, the Lakers may see how he fits in at shooting guard over the final three weeks of the season in order to optimize his performance.

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