Notable news: D’Angelo Russell has been upgraded to questionable for the Warriors game in Charlotte tomorrow. He’s missed the last nine games because of a right thumb sprain.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 3, 2019
Russell has played in just 10 of the Warriors’ 22 games this season. He missed three contests earlier in the year due to a sprained ankle, and has missed nine straight games after spraining his thumb.
The 23-year old All-Star last played on November 15, when the Warriors suffered a narrow loss to the Boston Celtics. In his absences this year, the Warriors have gone 3-9.
On the year, Russell - who is in his fifth NBA season, and his first year with the Warriors - is averaging a career-best 24.3 points per game, to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists. With Russell sidelined - along with two-time MVP Steph Curry - the Warriors have been forced to run through Ky Bowman’s two-way contract days, and have put out a lot of lineups with no point guard.
You can bet that the team is excited to have him back, whether that happens against Charlotte, or against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.