The Brooklyn Nets are running out of healthy guards.
D'Angelo Russell suffered a harmless-looking knee injury late in the Nets' loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, and he may miss several games as a result.
Russell drove to the basket with just under three minutes to play, and attempted to abruptly stop for a ball fake. He then began limping, duping broadcasters into thinking he suffered an ankle injury on the play.
The Nets, who have already lost point guard Jeremy Lin for the season after he ruptured his patella tendon back in October, are now dangerously thin at the guard positions. Spencer Dinwiddie, currently second on the point guard depth chart after Lin's injury, is also dealing with a wonky hamstring, which could force Brooklyn to get creative moving forward. Isaiah Whitehead, who has been up and down from the G-League multiple times this year, may now be forced into a temporary starting role.
Russell, acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been an integral piece of the team's offensive attack, averaging nearly 21 points and six assists in 12 games since his arrival. He was deemed expendable after the Lakers set their sights on Lonzo Ball in the NBA Draft.
The injury woes couldn't have come at a worse time for the rebuilding Nets, who have daunting matchups with the red-hot Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and other contending teams on the horizon. Brooklyn is 5-8 entering play Sunday after collecting a league-worst 20 wins all of last season.