Even with the time away from basketball, D’Angelo Russell spent Sunday in his first practice in over a week showing his lack of limitations.

Despite missing the past three games with a mild MCL sprain in his right knee and a strained right calf, the Lakers’ second-year point guard completed all of Sunday’s practice without any restrictions. He reported that he felt “good” and did not feel any rustiness. Most of the shots during the end of the practice went into the basket. Even if the Lakers (16-34) technically have listed Russell as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (21-25) at Staples Center, both Russell and Lakers coach Luke Walton sounded optimistic he will play.

That prompted Walton to offer a playful dig to Russell.

“You’re moving so well I’m surprised that you couldn’t play 3-on-3 yesterday,” Walton told Russell.

The Lakers technically had the day off on Saturday, though plenty of players reported to the team’s practice facility for informal work. Since Russell felt his knee hurt too much to play in 3-on-3 drills, he spent Saturday working out in the weight room and completing sprinting drills.

Still, Russell does not expect to experience rustiness as he did when he had 13 games earlier this season because of a sore left knee.

“This one wasn’t that serious,” Russell said. “Last injury, I would say it was a little more serious. So I had to take a little more time off.”

During his time off, Russell watched some painful developments.

Last week, the Lakers suffered their most lopsided loss in franchise history in a 49-point defeat to Dallas. While Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram posted six points on 2-of-12 shooting as a starting point guard last week in Dallas, he moved back to the second unit and went scoreless on a combined 0-of-11 clip in the past two games. In two starts in Portland and Utah, Lakers veteran guard Jose Calderon went scoreless and missed a combined six shots.

Once Russell returns, can he match and elevate his season-long averages of 14.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting and 4.4 assists?

“We expect him to play. It’s not like we don’t think he can penetrate teams’ defenses or anything like that,” Walton said. “If he’s cleared to play, we expect what we’d always expect out of him.”

That goes beyond producing. The Lakers have wanted Russell to fill the leadership vacuum that no one took ownership of during his absence.