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D’Angelo Russell will be sidelined for at least two weeks with thumb injury

Warriors, D'Angelo Russell

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, D’Angelo Russell is expected to be out for at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb. He will be re-evaluated after that period but he will miss at least four games with that minimum timetable.

The injury that Russell suffered occurred during the third quarter of the Warriors’ 105-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Golden State initially provided Russell with an X-ray and determined that the results were negative prior to making an announcement regarding his injury status.

It is no secret that the injuries are starting to pile up for the Warriors this season. With Klay Thompson sidelined to start the season as he recovers from an ACL tear, he has been joined by Stephen Curry and now Russell on the inactive list. While Draymond Green is back in the lineup, he has dealt with injuries at times as well.

Russell is currently averaging 24.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in 10 games so far this season. He has been relied upon as a high usage playmaker and while he was always going to be a focal point, but the injuries to other key players has translated to a career-high 31.8% usage rate for him.

The 2019-20 campaign has been a significant disappointment for the Warriors as they have a 2-11 record. With the “Splash Brothers” both sidelined for an extended period of time, the results that Golden State will be able to achieve are likely going to land themselves a good draft pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. That is of course if the ping pong balls bounce their way in the NBA Draft Lottery.

More details coming soon, stay tuned.