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D’Angelo Russell is cleared to play

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Just as we expected, the All-Star will return to the court tonight.

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D’Angelo Russell is back. The All-Star guard has been cleared to play in tonight’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Russell hasn’t played since November 1, when he sprained his ankle in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He’s missed the last three games, in which the Warriors have gone 1-2.

But now he’s back.

Russell hasn’t gotten off to a great start this year, but he’s still been one of the Warriors top players. In just over 30 minutes a night, the 23-year old is averaging 16.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, while shooting 31.4% on three-pointers.

Coach Steve Kerr is excited to welcome Russell back into the fold. The Warriors have been starting three rookies and two unproven veterans, so Kerr sees Russell’s steady offense as a much needed addition.

In all likelihood, Russell will push undrafted rookie Ky Bowman out of the starting lineup, putting the starting five at Russell, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall, and Willie Cauley-Stein.

For more on tonight’s game, check out our preview.