Nobody said it was going to be a bed of roses. Seriously, literally everyone warned that it wasn’t going to be. But still, debuting with a 4 of 13 shooting for a stat line of 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and loss was too much for Russel Westbrook to contain the anger. The point guard took to blaming himself to the point where LeBron and Davis had to calm him down. It’s just a game. Don’t beat yourself up so much. Two days after the Lakers premiere, it is Frank Vogel who tries to get his player out of the quagmire. “We have not involved him enough in the game. And that’s my fault » assured today the technician.
“We continue to look for a way to make him useful and not take him away from the actions that Davis and James star in on the court. It’s going to end up working, but I haven’t involved Russ enough, and that has an easy fix. ” The truth is that the Los Angeles team focused a lot on the situations that started with clarification of Davis or LeBron to the post, during which Westbrook stayed away without threatening the weak side. The point guard tried to get into the game by going himself to plays with his back to the basket or shots from medium distance. But nothing came out. He couldn’t even run in transition.
Obviously, it is only the first game of the season and the normal thing is that the pieces do not fit from the beginning. It is important for Westbrook to understand this and not get frustrated too soon. At the moment it seems to be succeeding. «He was himself during training. It’s great, ”says Anthony Davis. «He has had a day to reflect and has returned playing as he knows. Hopefully he’ll pull it together and be able to be Russell Westbrook again for the next game. “
The Los Angeles Lakers will play tonight against the Phoenix Suns, a game that will serve to continue deciphering how to fit Westbrook with Anthony Davis and LeBron James. It is still too early to consider it impossible, right?
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