With their starting guards both coming off injuries, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ medical staff are taking a cautious approach and have placed minutes restrictions on them.
Point guard D’Angelo Russell has a cap of 16 minutes after a knee injury forced him to miss 12 games. Meanwhile, shooting guard Nick Young has a restriction of 20 minutes even after coming back ahead of schedule following a groin injury which had him sit six games in total. Both players came back last Sunday as their team went up against the New York Knicks and also saw action the following night versus the Sacramento Kings.
Despite being allowed to play on both games, Russell and Young have lobbied for more court action as they both feel capable of handling their usual minutes. Young recently talked about his desire to be fielded on the court beyond his minutes restriction, knowing how important it is to get back into game shape.
“I feel comfortable. I just got to get my shot back, get back in the groove of things — you know, fast breaks and guarding and playing five-on-five.”
After their impressive start to the season, the Lakers are now struggling to win games and have lost seven straight contests. That being said, the Los Angeles faithful are hoping the two can get back their old form right away to help the team end their losing skid.