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.
D’Angelo Russell is good to go tonight, giving the Warriors 10 players. Even one more player means different substitution options and distribution of minutes when some guys have been playing 37, 38, 39.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) November 8, 2019
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.
Steve Kerr on what D'Angelo Russell brings to a young offense: "D'Angelo can get us settled down offensively." pic.twitter.com/pTk4TpVzeH— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) November 8, 2019
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.
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