The Lakers had their season opener on Tuesday night, and for the most part, the game went as expected.
The Lakers were outmatched on both ends of the floor simply because the Warriors are a much better team. The Laker stars did have a pretty good performance, though, with Lebron putting up 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists, Anthony Davis putting up 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks, and Russel Westbrook putting up 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Their stars showed up, and Kendrick Nunn gave a solid performance, but they didn’t get much else from anyone else.
Even though Russ had a good performance, he was questionable due to a hamstring injury before the game, and he says he thinks that it was his coming off the bench in the last preseason game against Sacramento that caused the injury.
“I’ve been doing the same thing for 14 years straight,” Westbrook said following the Lakers’ [123-109 loss] to the [Golden State Warriors]in their regular-season opener Tuesday night. “Honestly, I didn’t even know what to do pregame. Being honest, I was trying to figure out how to stay warm and loose. … That’s something I just wasn’t accustomed to.”
Lots of fans won’t like that, but to be fair, like he said, he has been doing things one way for 14 years, and most, if not all, high-level athletes are creatures of habits, and when they deviate from what they’ve been doing for so long things can go bad.
That still won’t stop the criticism he’s getting.
As stated Russ didn’t play badly, but one of the problems he still has is he is a liability from 3 and on defense. It makes him easier to defend because they defense can sag off him and clog the lane. We will see if Russ can figure out his role this season.
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