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D'Angelo Russell exits Timberwolves-Warriors with left shin contusion

Minnesota's starting point guard was unable to finish the game at Golden State.

D’Angelo Russell handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 27, 2022 at the Chase Center.

The Timberwolves’ bid to secure a big road-win over the second-place Golden State Warriors on Thursday hit a speed bump in the second half when D’Angelo Russell was forced to leave due to a left shin contusion.

Russell would not return, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and five assists in Minnesota’s 124-115 defeat to the Warriors.

Thursday’s game was a matchup of two teams that completed a franchise-shifting trade in February 2020 that sent Russell to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and a first-round pick. Wiggins was named a starter for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game before the game.

Russell, meanwhile is averaging 19.1 points and 7.0 assists for a Timberwolves team that could very well meet the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Minnesota entered the night with a 24-23 record, good for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are on pace for just their second season with a winning percentage of .500 or better since 2005.