December 6, 2019

Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans may return next week

Guard D’Angelo Russell is making progress after missing the last seven games with a right thumb injury and could return next week.

Russell, who is traveling with the team during their five-game trip, will not play Sunday in Orlando or Monday in Atlanta, but hasn’t yet been ruled out for games in Charlotte or Chicago.

In 10 games, Russell is averaging a career high of 24.3 points per game while shooting 45.5% overall and 35.4% from 3-point range, as well as 6.7 assists.

After Stephen Curry was lost for most of the season with a broken hand in the fourth game of the season, coach Steve Kerr restructured the offense to encourage Russell’s skills as a pick-and-roll ball handler. Since Russell’s injury, Kerr reverted back to a motion offense.

Guard Jacob Evans, sidelined the last 17 games with a strained left adductor, will miss the next two games but is expected to play before the team heads back to the Bay Area. Evans has been participating in full practices on the road.

Prior to his injury, Evans was averaging 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 14.3 minutes while shooting 50% from 3-point range. His perimeter defense would also be a valuable addition to a defense with the second-worst efficiency rating in the league.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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