The unique plan for NBA’s Christmas Day schedule was to arrange the star-studded “Massive 3” showdown between the Los Angles Lakers that includes LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook and the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden to supply to the festivities. Accidents to Davis and COVID-19 taking Durant and Kyrie Irving out of the combo left the Lakers with two superstars and the Nets one.
Regardless of Los Angeles having two stars to Brooklyn’s one, the Lakers ended up shedding 122-115, including to their five-game shedding streak to fall to the eighth seed within the Western Convention. One of many most important storylines was the efficiency of the long run Corridor of Famer, Westbrook. Whereas the opposite stars had monster video games, he had a nightmarish recreation capturing solely 4-20 from the sphere, which included a missed dunk late within the recreation.
James defended Brodie by stating the positives he delivered to the Lakers’ close to comeback via ESPN.
“He gave us additional possessions, he gave us numerous appears to be like across the basket, which I do know that he can’t stand [failing to convert] as effectively,” James stated. “However so far as the hassle piece, if a man performs exhausting, if a man leaves all of it out on the ground, I received no drawback with that. It’s a make-or-miss league.”
Regardless of LeBron’s observations, Westbrook’s misses are at historic proportions. In line with ESPN Stats & Data, his misses pictures close to the rim present he has two of the worst performances within the final decade.
Russell Westbrook shot 4-15 within the restricted space final evening. His 11 misses are tied for essentially the most in a recreation by a guard within the final 10 seasons.
He tied… himself. Westbrook missed 11 pictures within the restricted space towards the Nuggets on January 22, 2020. pic.twitter.com/zsEB2ZXDJo
— ESPN Stats & Data (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2021
Lakers interim coach David Fizdale defined why he thought Westbrook has struggled at instances capturing the ball at instances this season via ESPN.
“A giant a part of it’s he simply desires it so unhealthy,” Fizdale stated. “I imply, you possibly can simply see it in him; all people does. He desires it so unhealthy. And I do know that’s simply exhausting for him when it doesn’t work out. And I do know he cares like loopy.
“I simply need him to take numerous that stress off himself, preserve attacking, preserve taking part in the best way we all know he can.”
Russ has his subsequent probability to bounce again Tuesday evening towards the Houston Rockets.