Russell, who was traded by the Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and two draft picks in February 2020, has been ruled out due to a right quad contusion he suffered on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 24-year-old guard also missed Saturday's contest against the New Orleans Pelicans due to the contusion. Ricky Rubio started in his place and scored nine points with seven rebounds, seven assists, and a steal. Since Russell has been officially ruled out for the Timberwolves, Rubio is likely to start once again.
Nevertheless, this isn't exactly the kind of start the Timberwolves were hoping for as they've been plagued with injuries along with health and safety protocol issues this season. As of this writing, they own a record of 4-11, which is the third-worst record in the league.
As for Russell, he's played exceptionally well in his first full season with the Timberwolves. However, he's not exactly having an All-Star campaign as he did with the Brooklyn Nets two seasons ago. Russell is averaging 20.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game, which is his lowest average since the 2017-18 season. Furthermore, his rebound average is the lowest figure of his career.
Nevertheless, despite the disappointing start to their season, the Timberwolves will be seeking to get their second consecutive win tonight against a struggling Warriors team. However, they'll have to do it without two of their best players on the team in Russell and Karl Anthony-Towns.