HONOLULU — One player took a nasty fall and left the game before expressing optimism the injury would heal quickly. Another player also took a nasty fall and stayed in the game before insisting afterwards he felt fine.
But Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell and veteran forward Brandon Bass sat out of Wednesday’s practice in the team’s final practice here before flying back to Los Angeles.
The Lakers reported that Russell “showed signs of improvement” in a bruised glute that kept out of the majority of the Lakers’ 117-114 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center. But the Lakers still held Russell out of practice and will determine his status for Thursday’s game against Toronto in Ontario shortly prior to tip time.
With x-rays turning out inconclusive on his left knee that were taken on Wednesday morning, Bass will have exams with team doctors in Los Angeles on Thursday for further tests. They will likely include an MRI and CT scan.