Did Lakers’ Russell Westbrook Deliberately Take Bad Shot? (Video)

Did Lakers' Russell Westbrook Deliberately Take Bad Shot? (Video)

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday in devastating fashion.

Obviously L.A. struggled shooting-wise from start to finish, but one particular sequence from the outing caused a national stir.

The situation in question occurred with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers up one. Rather than hold on to the ball or pass it, Westbrook took it down the floor and launched up a midrange jumper with 18 seconds remaining in the shot clock.

Suffice to say, he did not score. LeBron James’ reaction to it spoke volumes.

When asked about what he was thinking during that shot after the game, Westbrook tried to make the case that he was going for a two-for-one. Essentially, he wanted to score and guarantee his squad a second possession because of how much time was remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Why go for a bad two-for-one when you could just settle for one possession and a better shot? Then you’re up three – forcing the Blazers to hit a three just to send it into overtime.

Thus, a new theory emerged:

The reactions to this theory were mixed:

It’s hard to see how things improve for the Lakers.

Things have devolved to the point where Westbrook is getting into scary confrontations with fans at games.

Recent reports by ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst suggest that the Lakers have a plan on how to move forward, but at the moment it’s hard to see what it is.

L.A. is presently only being linked to one notable trade at the moment.

The Lakers need to figure things out – and quickly. Westbrook needs to go somewhere.


Will a deal come along that will mercifully put all parties involved out of their misery?

Time will tell.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.
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