D'Angelo Russell holds his sprained ankle during a game against the Denver Nuggets on March 25, 2016.
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Russell Sprains Ankle Against Denver

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

It was a quick night for D'Angelo Russell on Friday, as the second-overall pick suffered a moderate sprain of his right ankle late in the second quarter.

Russell was down on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court by Tarik Black, Jordan Clarkson and Metta World Peace.

“I felt like my ankle touched the ground when I rolled it,” Russell said. “That was a crazy pain I felt.”

Russell did not return, instead undergoing X-rays, which came back negative. In the meantime, the 20-year-old will simply continue to tape and ice the ailing ankle.

He will re-evaluated on Saturday before the team begins a back-to-back the following day, which he hopes to play in considering that only 10 games remain in the season.

"He turned that thing over pretty good,” head coach Byron Scott said. “I’m not gonna count him out for Sunday or Monday, but we want to see how he recovers in the next couple days.”

The second-overall pick has only missed two games thus far, and doesn't have much history regarding ankle sprains.

“I’ve probably only had one or two my whole life, and I don’t really wear tape or anything,” Russell said. “But it happens in this sport. You just have to deal with it.”

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