D'Angelo Russell.

D'Angelo Russell to be re-evaluated over the weekend after x-ray results return negative

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L.A. Lakers fans were given a scare in the second quarter of their game with the Denver Nuggets on Friday night as D'Angelo Russell was forced off the court.

With just over three minutes remaining in the quarter, the rookie point guard fell in a heap at the top of the key clutching his right ankle.

He was helped to the sidelines by teammates and coaching staff, and there were serious fears about the extent of the injury. 

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However, the issue is not as bad as first thought, as the Lakers later announced the x-ray had returned negative and the damage was a moderate sprain.

The season is dead and buried for the purple and gold, who hold a record of 15-57 - the worst in the Western Conference - but they will not want to be without their young star for too long.

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Russell overcame a tough start to his career in the NBA to establish himself as one of the Lakers' primary threats. 

He has showcased his talents sporadically this season, most notably in the surprise win over the Golden State Warriors and his 39 points against the Brooklyn Nets. 

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According to beat writer Mike Trudell, he will be re-evaluated later in the weekend.  

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