Lakers’ Jose Calderon out two to four weeks; D’Angelo Russell to be evaluated Tuesday
An MRI exam confirmed Lakers point guard Jose Calderon’s right hamstring strain, and he will be out for two to four weeks.
That’s the bad news for the Lakers.
Some better news might come Tuesday. Starting point guard D’Angelo Russell will have his knee re-evaluated, almost two weeks from when he was given a platelet-rich plasma injection to help heal it. He was initially scheduled to meet with the doctor on Monday, but the appointment was moved due to a scheduling conflict.
Russell could return to on-court work as the next step in his rehab after that exam. Until now his rehab has mostly consisted of pool cardio work and strength work on his core and glutes.
Russell has missed nine games with soreness in his left knee. It’s an issue he dealt with during his rookie season as well.
Calderon has been starting in Russell’s absence. Without him the Lakers could turn to Marcelo Huertas, Lou Williams or Jordan Clarkson to start. Huertas is the only true point guard of that group.
They will also be without starting shooting guard Nick Young. The Lakers have been starting rookie Brandon Ingram in Young’s place.
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