On Monday, the Wolves had D’Angelo Russell back from injury and on the court for the first time in a full game since Feb. 5, a span of exactly two months.
It was just the sixth time Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns had shared the court since Russell was acquired from Golden State 14 months ago. The team Russell returned to is quite different than the one he left for a variety of reasons, which I discussed with Dane Moore on Wednesday’s Daily Delivery podcast.
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The two biggest reasons: Malik Beasley, a mainstay in the lineup early in the year while Towns and then Russell missed a lot of time, was — in very Wolves-like fashion — sidelined 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury right as Russell returned.
And rookie Anthony Edwards became a much more prominent and consistent player in the two months Russell was out, creating a new dynamic upon his return.
The Wolves won in Russell’s first game back, 116-106 over the Kings, thanks in part to better-than-expected defense and a more effective use of Russell off the ball than had been present before his injury. As the Wolves prepare for their final 21 games — starting Wednesday at Indiana — in an otherwise lost season, here are five things to watch, many of which Moore and I talked about on the podcast.
1) Will Russell continue…