D'Angelo Russell helped the Los Angeles Lakers get off to an impressive start to the 2016-17 NBA season with some solid play at the point guard position. Unfortunately, after dealing with some knee soreness, Russell was shut down for a few games. D'Angelo has missed the last 10 games for the Lakers but is nearing his return and when he finally gets back on the floor he wants to make an immediate impact, via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
“I feel like when you get back out there you gotta make your presence known,” Russell said of returning from injury. “Hopefully, when I come back I can bring that energy back. Not saying, we’re dead or anything as far as energy wise, but I definitely want to take it up a notch when I get back on the floor.”
Russell could make his return as early as Monday when the Lakers start their seven-game road trip against the division rival Sacramento Kings. The second-year point guard has already been ruled out Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center and will likely be out against the New York Knicks on Sunday.
D'Angelo isn't the only injured Laker itching to return with Nick Young also sidelined. Young suffered a calf strain in the loss to the New Orleans Pelicans recently and has missed five games since. The Lakers have won only one game without their dynamic backcourt duo of Russell and Young. Los Angeles came out on top against the Chicago Bulls on the road but lost four straight to the Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets.