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Lakers Shouldn’t Rush Russell into Stardom?

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The D’Angelo Russell story didn’t end when he stopped starting. It’s a hard sell to the eager rookie point guard and the NBA’s least-patient fan base, but less playing time for Russell now could mean better times down the road.

And in an era when there’s scrutiny for minutes played over the course of a season and blame for the accumulation of minutes over the course of a career, why burn extra minutes now? Doesn’t it make sense to save some of the finite allotment of productive NBA minutes for later, when both Russell and the Lakers will presumably be better?

Source: J.A. Adande of ESPN

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out at least One Week with Left Popliteus Strain

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Sources: Portland guard CJ McCollum has a popliteus strain in his left knee. He will be re-examined in a week.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Ingram Out Three-to-Four Months after Thoracic Outlet Decompression Surgery

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday, and sources told ESPN he is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months.

Ingram was shut down last week after a medical examination of his sore right shoulder revealed deep venous thrombosis — a condition caused by a blood clot. That clot was removed and Saturday’s procedure assured better blood flow in Ingram’s upper body.

“This couldn’t have been a better set of facts for a clot,” Ingram’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, told ESPN.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Sources: Malcolm Brogdon Out Six-to-Eight Weeks with Plantar Fascia Tear in Right Foot

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Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon has suffered a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot and will be out indefinitely.

Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot, league sources tell @malika_andrews and me.

Source: Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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