Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young participated in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”With those absences, the Lakers were on pace to lose early. But then Williams came into the third quarter and changed everything. After the Lakers went 2-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half, it took Williams only 90 seconds in the third quarter to make three of them. He also converted on a four-point play that entailed making one of two fouls shots and then making a 3-pointer off of Thomas Robinson’s rebound.That gave the Lakers a fighting chance, until their deeply rooted issues emerged again. LOS ANGELES >> The main sources of the Lakers’ prolific offense have stayed confined to the training room and the bench. The Lakers’ starting lineup has changed almost by the game. The Lakers’ defense rarely has existed.But through the Lakers’ recent struggles, one significant source of stability has stayed the same. After spending nearly all season impressing the Lakers with his high-volume efficiency and frequent trips to the foul line, Lou Williams fulfilled that same job description once again.The Lakers still fell to the Phoenix Suns in a 115-110 loss on Friday at Staples Center that secured their fifth consecutive defeat. Williams could not draw a four-point play on the final possession, let alone make a 3-pointer as time expired. Williams missed another key 3-pointer as the Lakers trailed 117-113 with 11 seconds remaining. Yet, Williams’ presence prevented the Lakers from falling apart completely.He scored 35 points on 10-of-17 shooting in what marked the third game this season he logged at least 30 points. Williams posted 14 points in the final quarter as the Lakers cut an 18-point deficit to within single digits. And Williams forced Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe into a shot clock violation as the Lakers trailed 115-110 with 26.4 seconds left. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But eventually, the Lakers other issues became too strong to ignore.Despite coach Luke Walton’s heavy emphasis on the concept since training camp, the Lakers slipped again defensively as they allowed Eric Bledsoe (24 points), Leandro Barbosa (19), Devin Booker (15), Alex Len (14), Brandon Knight (14) to log double digits.Though Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 115-113 with 17 seconds left, he appeared ineffective in another start at point guard. He had nine points on a 3-of-8 clip.Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson (14 points), (Julius Randle (14) and Timofey Mozgov (10) combined for 14-of-38 shooting.Fortunately for the Lakers, help might be on the way soon.