Russell tallied 23 points (8-19 FG, 4-5 FT, 3-9 3Pt), 10 assists, three rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 win over the Mavericks.
After a poor shooting performance the night before, Russell bounced back in the second half of a back-to-back by dropping just his sixth double-double of the season. The former-Buckeye had a difficult season battling a knee injury, but he finished the season by starting the final seven games, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 assists during that stretch. Russell can thrive in Minnesota if he can be a consistent floor spacer and a reliable distributor, however, his play has been too sporadic this year. A full offseason should provide Russell with the perfect opportunity to get healthy and refine his game.
Russell recorded 11 points (3-10 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six assists, two blocks, a rebound and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Celtics.
Russell was one of four Minnesota players that scored in double digits. While that shouldn't be surprising for a skilled offensive player such as the former Ohio State product, his poor shooting performance was certainly something that stood out. Russell ended a streak of five games with two or more treys, even if he's now scored in double digits in seven straight contests.
Russell totaled 17 points (6-12 FG, 2-6 FT, 3-7 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's 114-103 loss to the Nuggets.
Russell bounced back from an abysmal 5-for-18 shooting performance Tuesday with an efficient shooting night from the floor (50.0 percent). However, the lefty struggled with his free-throw shot, making just two of his six attempts. Russell also struggled distributing the ball Thursday, recording his fewest assists (two) since April 24.
Russell recorded 15 points (5-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block in 30 minutes.
Russell's shooting continues to be hit-or-miss, but he at least made up for his poor efficiency Tuesday. He posted 10 assists with only two turnovers, and he registered four combined steals-plus-blocks. It was a well-rounded performance for a player whose primary weakness is defense.
Russell accumulated 27 points (9-21 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight assists and six rebounds across 30 minutes Sunday during the 128-96 win over the Magic.
Since a seven-point outing on April 29, Russell has scored 17, 22, 17 and 27 points respectively to go along with two double-doubles. During that span, Russell has hit 52.3 percent of his triples. Since his return from a knee injury, Russell has eight 20-point performances.
Russell accumulated 22 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 14 assists, four rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 139-135 loss to the Grizzlies.
The 25-year-old received his first start since Feb. 8 and delivered his fourth double-double of the season. Russell had been coming off the bench since returning from the knee injury back on April 5, so the move back into the starting lineup should help keep his fantasy production consistent. The sixth-year guard will look to build on Wednesday's impressive performance Friday on the road against the Heat.
Russell will start Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.
The 25-year-old has come off the bench since returning from the knee injury in early April, and he'll make his first start since suffering that injury Feb. 8. Russell has averaged 17.8 points, 7.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.6 minutes over the past five games. Ricky Rubio will shift to the bench for Minnesota.
Russell had 17 points (8-22 FG, 1-12 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and 11 assists in Saturday's overtime loss to the Pelicans.
Playing without restrictions, Russell saw 33 minutes of action off the bench, but he finished as a team-worst minus-10 in the four-point loss. While Russell connected on seven of his 10 attempts from two-point range, he had a nightmare showing from beyond the arc. Over his last three games, Russell is now a combined 3-of-25 from deep.
Russell will continue to come off the bench and will not have a minutes restriction going forward, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
According to head coach Chris Finch, Russell's minutes restriction has been lifted, but he'll still continue to see around 30 minutes per game. Ricky Rubio will remain the starting point guard for the Wolves going forward, with Russell expected to provide a spark off the bench.
Russell posted seven points (3-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and one steal during Thursday's 126-114 win over the Warriors.
Russell scored in single digits for the first time since Feb. 8, which is when he suffered a knee injury that kept him out 26 straight games. He's been coming off the bench since returning from the injury. Over the past 14 games, he's averaged 18.7 points, 5.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 25.8 minutes.
Russell recorded 15 points (5-17 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 114-107 win over the Rockets.
The 25-year-old has scored double-digit points off the bench in all 13 games since returning from a 26-game absence due to left leg soreness, averaging 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 three-pointers in that span. Russell hasn't played less than 28 minutes over his last four games, which is a trend that should continue the rest of the way. The sixth-year guard will look to help the Timberwolves secure their third straight victory Thursday at home against the Warriors.
Russell collected 27 points (10-16 FG, 7-12 3Pt), 12 assists, two rebounds and one block across 31 minutes in a 105-104 victory over the Jazz on Monday.
Russell picked up his second double-double of the campaign and recorded new season-high totals in both assists and three-pointers. The 25-year-old has taken well to the sixth-man role of late after a string of rocky outings following his return from a knee injury earlier this month. Over his last four games, he's averaging 23.3 points (on 57.6 percent shooting from the field) to go with 7.0 assists, 4.5 triples, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 29.0 minutes.
Russell totaled 23 points (8-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, two steals and an assist across 31 minutes in Saturday's 101-96 win over the Jazz.
Ricky Rubio started again ahead of Russell but was largely ineffective. The team is taking no chances with Russell as he returns from injury and is basically measuring his readiness daily in pre-game shootarounds. Saturday's win was his first game logging over 30 minutes of court time since returning to the team 11 games ago. It appears a return to the starting lineup may be imminent, possibly as soon as Monday's rematch with the Jazz.
Russell finished Wednesday's loss to Sacramento with 15 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine assists, two steals and a blocked shot across 29 minutes.
The veteran point guard followed up Tuesday's 28-point effort against the Kings with a more well-rounded performance Wednesday that included nine dimes and a pair of steals. He also tallied 29 minutes for the second time since returning from a 26-game absence between early February and early April. Russell has yet to rejoin the starting lineup but is doing fine off the bench with per-game averages of 19.0 points, 5.1 assists and 2.8 three-pointers in 10 games since his return.
Russell scored 28 points (10-13 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and dished six assists over 25 minutes in Tuesday's 134-120 win over the Kings.
Russell again came off the bench, but he played 25 minutes and tallied his highest point total since returning from a knee injury April 5. The veteran point guard was red hot from the field, making 10 of his 13 attempts, including 6-of-8 from deep. Russell also dropped six dimes and has averaged 5.0 assists over his past seven games. He figures to rejoin the starting lineup soon, considering his post-injury effectiveness and ability to handle 20-plus minutes.
Coach Chris Finch said Tuesday that Russell is not on a minutes limit, and that the plan is to eventually insert him back into the starting lineup, freelance NBA reporter Dane Moore reports.
Finch said that Russell is currently able to play upwards of 30 minutes, though he's yet to see that type of workload in his return from a knee injury. Finch also said that he likes the way the 25-year-old guard has fit with the second unit of late. "It's the plan eventually to get him into the starting lineup, but we're all comfortable where he is. He's basically a starter for us. He finishes games." In his last five games, Russell has averaged 15.8 points on 45.0 percent shooting, 4.0 assists, 1.2 rebounds, 2.2 triples and 1.0 steal across 23.0 minutes per game.
Russell tallied 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five assists and two steals in 24 minutes during Friday's 119-111 win over the Heat.
Russell scored 25-plus in three of his first four games since returning from a near-month-long injury, but he hasn't surpassed 15 points since. The 25-year-old's 11 points were the fewest he's scored since returning April 5. However, it was just the third time in seven games that he shot over 50 percent from the field. While the ex-Buckeye was quiet on the offensive side of the ball, he recorded more steals Friday than he had in his previous five games. The Timberwolves have consistently limited Russell to about 25 minutes per night since his return, so it'll be interesting to see if, or when, the high-scoring guard will factor back into the starting lineup.
Russell finished with 15 points (4-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.
Russell showed well through his first four games back from a long injury absence, but he's hit a rut of late, going just 9-of-26 from the field with nine turnovers over the last two games. The Timberwolves continue to keep a close eye on Russell's workload -- he's played 26 or fewer minutes in five of his six games since returning -- though Minnesota has dropped its last two games by a combined 55 points, so it's been difficult to get a true grasp of the rotation.
Russell tallied 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Nets.
The 25-year-old has now come off the bench in five straight games since returning from a 26-game absence due to a knee injury, a span in which he's averaged 19.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 three-pointers and 2.6 rebounds. Russell has yet to reach the 30-minute mark since his return from injury, which is a trend that should continue with the Timberwolves out of the playoff picture. The sixth-year guard will look to build on his string of impressive scoring performances Wednesday at home against the Bucks.
Russell and the Timberwolves will play the Nets on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Monday's game that was postponed due to a police-involved shooting in Minneapolis will now be played Tuesday. Russell has averaged 25.7 minutes per game in his last four outings after returning from a knee injury, so he should be in line for a similar workload Tuesday.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/16||vs DAL||W 136-121||36||23||3||10||2||3||0|
|05/15||vs BOS||L 108-124||25||11||1||6||3||1||2|
|05/13||vs DEN||L 103-114||36||17||3||2||2||1||1|
|05/11||@ DET||W 119-100||30||15||5||10||2||3||1|
|05/09||@ ORL||W 128-96||30||27||6||7||1||0||0|
|05/07||@ MIA||L 112-121||26||17||3||4||0||0||0|
|05/05||vs MEM||L 135-139||37||22||4||14||5||1||0|
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