D'Angelo Russell sets an NBA record amidst difficult week

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell has endured a difficult week what with the fallout from his headline-grabbing video involving teammate Nick Young.

From reports of being frozen out by teammates to issuing a public apology and dealing with speculation about his own Lakers future, Russell has been under the microscope off the court.

On the hardwood, however, the young Laker has enjoyed some refuge, scoring in double figures in three of the four games since the video story broke. As reported by Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, he has also set an NBA record in the process.

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Winters, citing the game notes from the Los Angeles Lakers' first of two game against their city rivals the Clippers this week, noted that Russell is now the youngest player in NBA history to have scored at least 120 three-pointers in a season..

The Ohio State product made two-three pointers against the Clippers on Tuesday night to take the record. Having only celebrated his 20th birthday in February, it is quite an achievement for a player who hasn't always been handed a lot of minutes by Lakers head coach Byron Scott.

In adding two more shots from beyond the arc against the same opponents on Wednesday night Russell also now holds the Lakers' franchise record for most threes in a rookie season. Former NBA All-Star Nick Van Exel had set the standard with 123 three-pointers in the 1993-94 season.

Despite some growing pains during the 2015-16 campaign, Russell has shown flashes of the obvious potential he has.

The second pick of the 2015 NBA draft, the youngster perhaps hasn't hit the heights some expected of him when he entered the league. Considering, though, the Lakers have just set a franchise record for most losses in a season, it hasn't exactly been the easiest of introductions to life in the pros.

With issues off the court hopefully settling down, Russell will be hoping to finish off his first regular season in the NBA in good form over the next four games.

Setting a league record is a nice way to begin that chapter and will hopefully help as he bids to regain the trust and support of the Lakers faithful.

The point guard certainly seems to have the support of Kobe Bryant. Speaking this week the soon-to-be-retiring star backed Russell to succeed:

"He's going to have to go through many ups and downs but he'll figure it out," Bryant told ESPN radio. "He has the ambition and curiousty (to learn)."

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