However, while the rookie who replaced him in Los Angeles was putting the finishing touches on a record-breaking triple-double Saturday night, Russell limped off the court in the final moments of Brooklyn's 114-106 loss to the Utah Jazz.
Russell drove to the basket with just under three minutes to play, and attempted to abruptly stop for a ball fake. The 2015 No. 2 overall pick averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists per game and shot 35.2 percent from three-point range. Russell grimaced as he hobbled to the bench.
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.
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Russell's prognosis isn't serious, but it will result in the third-year guard missing several games of action. In the season opener, Jeremy Lin tore the patella tendon in his right knee and underwent season-ending surgery.
Russell missed Brooklyn's win over Cleveland on October 25 with a right knee sprain and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points in his place. Should Russell be out for an extended period as well, the spotlight will be on Spencer Dinwiddie.