Warriors’ Russell (thumb) sidelined in Celtics loss
The Warriors said Russell sprained his thumb and that X-rays were negative. He’ll have an MRI on the thumb on Saturday.
Russell exited the game with 5 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter, and after getting the thumb checked out on the bench for a few moments, he headed to the locker room for further evaluation.
Russell finished the night with 12 points, 7 assists and 9 turnovers in 25 minutes. Rookie forward Eric Paschall also injured his right hand in the third quarter, but wore a heat pack over the hand to loosen it up and checked back into the game with 7:03 left in regulation.
Russell’s injury is the latest setback for a Warriors team that has been beset by injuries all season. Star guard Stephen Curry broke his left hand Oct. 30 and will miss at least three months. All-Star swingman Klay Thompson continues to rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee; his return this season remains unclear. Center Kevon Looney has been out since playing 10 minutes in a season opening loss to the LA Clippers because of a nerve condition. Jacob Evans has been out since straining his adductor Oct. 28. Damion Lee has been out since Monday because of a non-displaced fracture on his right hand. Rookie Alen Smailagic has been out all season because of a right ankle sprain.