The old Russell Westbrook that has been seen in most of the LA Lakers‘ games this NBA season was back during the team’s125-117 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
I’ll figure it out, and that’s that. … Figure out ways to just make a f****** shot. That’s it
Brodie‘s numbers fell to what is undoubtedly his lowest point so far, missing 12 of the 14 shots he took Wednesday night against one of the worst teams in the league and the point guard himself was blunt in his self-criticism, “I can’t make a f****** shot.”
“The word ‘slump’ isn’t something I lean on, I stay locked into my craft, figure it out. I’m just in a position to try to figure out the best way to play at the moment. It’s as simple as that,” Westbrook said after his coach Frank Vogel claimed that the player is “just in a slump right now.”
“I’ll figure it out, and that’s that. … Figure out ways to just make a f****** shot. That’s it,” he added.
Fewer Westbrook turnovers, but his play doesn’t improve
But it hasn’t all gotten worse for Westbrook, as his turnovers are down considerably, just four in his last four games, not bad for someone who lost nine turnovers in his last game against the Timberwolves.
“Taking care of the ball is big for me, that’s something I pay attention to. If we are winning, that’s more important,” he said.
However, down the stretch the Lakers were still able to try to win, as they cut their 13-point deficit to the Kings to just four points. Westbrook hit a three-pointer with just over a minute to play, missed and the team gave up the fight.
“There was four seconds on the shot clock,” said Westbrook, even though the replay showed there were six seconds on the shot clock when he began his shooting motion. “Run a play, they denied it. Ain’t got too many options at that point. We set a screen, the guy went under, I missed it. That’s it.”
LeBron endorsed Brodie, in his own way
LeBron James, in a measured manner, came to the defense of Westbrook, who is unlikely to leave the team before February 10, the deadline for the closing of the transfer market, so the Lakers prefer to focus on getting back on track and leaving the eighth place they now occupy in the Western Conference.
“Just keep working with him, obviously he’s been putting in work, and you’re going trust the work you put into it so, he’s getting some really good looks, it’s just not going down for him,” James said.
“We have 42 games now [completed] and 40 left, and we want to see what we’re made of, but it’s definitely been a roller coaster so far.”