D'Angelo Russell is out tonight, per Saunders— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) January 26, 2021
Russell is sitting due to a quad contusion that he suffered two games ago (he also sat during the Wolves last game, though that was listed as being “rest”), which apparently has swelled up on him.
Golden State now faces a Minnesota team missing both of their All-Stars: Russell, and center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is missing his fifth consecutive game after testing positive for the coronavirus.
I’m guessing Russell was looking forward to facing the Warriors for the first time since being traded at last year’s deadline, and most fans were probably looking forward to the opportunity as well. The 24 year old is averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Wolves this year, and while he’s shooting 40.0% from deep, his true-shooting percentage is a rather mediocre 54.2%.
The Warriors and Wolves rematch on Wednesday, so hopefully Russell will be able to make his reunion then.