D'Angelo Russell suffers left knee contusion in loss to Jazz
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell was diagnosed with a left knee contusion, the team announced Sunday.
Russell was examined Sunday by team doctors and underwent an MRI and the Nets said "return to play updates will be provided as appropriate."
Russell scored 26 points in Saturday's 114-106 loss at Utah but injured his left knee with 2:57 remaining after making contact with a defender. Russell landed awkwardly and hobbled to the bench before going to the locker room.
Before the Nets announced the injury, ESPN reported Russell will miss "several games." The Nets are scheduled to return home Tuesday against the Boston Celtics and host the Golden State Warriors next Sunday.
The diagnosis is better than the last time a Nets guard suffered a knee injury. In the season opener, Jeremy Lin tore the patella tendon in his right knee and underwent season-ending surgery.
Last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell missed 11 games with left knee soreness in November and December. He also missed three games in January with a right knee injury and eventually underwent platelet-rich plasma injections.
Russell is averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds after being acquired in a June trade for Brook Lopez.
Russell missed Brooklyn's win over Cleveland on Oct. 25 with a right knee sprain and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points in his place.
Dinwiddie also sat out Saturday's game with a hamstring injury and, if healthy, would start for Russell.