D'Angelo Russell Apr 19, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) is guarded by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) as he passes the ball during the first half of game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Christine Tannous-USA TODAY Sports

All of us have mental lapses.

Fortunately, they don’t happen in a crowded arena, in a televised event.

But D’Angelo Russell’s brain fart Wednesday night caught everyone’s attention. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard was supposed to be in the game against the Phoenix Suns as they started a second-quarter possession.

Yet Russell was missing in action, waiting at the scorer’s table to check in. The Suns, playing with a 5-on-4 advantage, took a 3-pointer, missed it, grabbed the rebound, then Torrey Craig knocked down a 3.

Russell could be seen running down the court to join his undermanned teammates just as Craig hit his shot.

This is not a good look for a team that entered Wednesday 5-6, and it’s doubly bad for Russell, who has taken heat for the team’s offensive struggles. Fan site canishoopus.com notes that, “There are a lot of reasons for the offense’s issues, but they start with the man who runs the show. D’Angelo Russell’s … style has clashed with that of the Wolves and their other personnel, resulting in a disorganized attack that is perennially stuck in the mud.”

The site also notes that the Timberwolves have been a more efficient offense without Russell on the court. Wait a minute, don’t give him any ideas.

NBA fans who saw the video said the incident is a sign of a team with big problems.

[Darren Wolfson]

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