Russell scored 18 points to help the Lakers beat the
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115 and snap a 10-game losing streak.
Los Angeles coach Byron Scott has chosen to limit the
19-year-old guard's time, pulling him out of the starting lineup
earlier this season, but some feel Russell should be earning as
much experience as possible with the Lakers (10-41) struggling
to be competitive.
Responding to comments by Clippers television announcer Don
MacLean during a broadcast between the Clippers and Lakers on
Friday, Scott said MacLean should not give up his day job.
“Well, first of all to Don, that’s why you’re not coaching.
Let’s put it that way,” Scott told the Orange County Register
“You don’t let a guy go out there and just almost embarrass
himself. My job is to help these guys develop, and that’s what
I’m doing.” Russell held his own on Tuesday against the
Timberwolves and their No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony
Towns, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. Russell made 6-of-12
shots and added three assists in 28 minutes off the bench.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter
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