New York Knicks

Lakers' Russell poised to return to lineup

Lakers' Russell poised to return to lineup

Before D’Angelo Russell could play in a game, Lakers Coach Luke Walton wanted to see him go through a drill with contact. If not in a practice, then simply a three-on-three or two-on-two drill where he’d have to fight through screens and cut.

Russell did both on Saturday. He participated in all of the Lakers’ practice, then went through an extra three-on-three drill with five teammates.

“Just trying to get D’Angelo a little bit of playing time with the bodies we have available,” Walton said as Russell finished his work. “He looked great. He’s … moving around well all practice long....