Warriors' D'Angelo Russell leaves game vs. Mavericks after collision

Eric He
·Yahoo Sports Contributor
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 25: D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center on December 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
D'Angelo Russell was injured in the second half against the Mavericks on Saturday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell left Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after colliding with Luca Doncic while chasing a loose ball.

The injury happened in the third quarter, with Russell apparently jamming his head into Doncic’s body:

Russell stayed down for about five minutes, face down. The Warriors brought out a stretcher to take him off the floor, but he was able to walk off under his own power.

Russell returned to the Warriors bench after being checked out in the locker room and was diagnosed with a shoulder contusion.

Russell was in the midst of a career night. He had 32 points, six assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes, shooting 8-of-12 from three-point range. He was the third player in Warriors history to hit eight threes in a single half, joining teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. At halftime, he had 30 points, a first-half career high.

The Warriors can ill afford another injury, with both Curry and Thompson out. Russell, at age 23, has been one of the few bright spots this season for the young Warriors.

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