Lak­ers’ Rus­sell out at least 2 weeks

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Lak­ers point guard D’An­gelo Rus­sell will be out for at least two more weeks af­ter get­ting a platelet-rich plasma in­jec­tion in his sore left knee Wed­nes­day.

Rus­sell has missed three of the Lak­ers’ last four games with sore­ness in his knee, but the sec­ond-year point guard had thought it wasn’t se­ri­ous. He will be re-eval­u­ated next week be­fore the Lak­ers de­cide how long he will sit.

Rus­sell only missed two games last sea­son as a rookie. He’s sec­ond on the re­vi­tal­ized Lak­ers with 16.1 points per game, and he leads the team with 4.8 as­sists.

“Dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we’ll def­i­nitely miss that but more as we con­tinue to try to build some­thing and now he’s not out there be­ing part of that, he’s not learn­ing and build­ing the trust,” first-year coach Luke Wal­ton said be­fore his team fell to the War­riors 149-106 on Wed­nes­day night.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Rock­ets and F Donatas Motieju­nas hit an­other im­passe that leaves the re­stricted free agent with an un­cer­tain future in Hous­ton, ESPN.com re­ported. The Rock­ets pulled their most re­cent of­fer ear­lier in the week. Wed­nes­day was the last day play­ers could be signed this sea­son and re­main el­i­gi­ble to be dealt on the league’s annual trade-dead­line day, which is Feb. 23.

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