Frank Vogel Calls Out Russell Westbrook’s Bad Shot Amid Lakers Loss

Frank Vogel Calls Out Russell Westbrook’s Bad Shot Amid Lakers Loss

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-104 on Thursday night. For the second time this year, LA inexplicably found a way to blow a late double-digit lead to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the rest of his young squad.

Thanks to some standout play from Carmelo Anthony late in the game, despite their poor play, the Lakers had a chance to tie it up and force overtime.

Unfortunately, Russell Westbrook’s ill-advised three-pointer clanked off the rim – ultimately sealing the game for good for LA.

After the game, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel admitted that Westbrook’s poor decision-making on that final play cost his squad the game.

Vogel also added that the “spacing wasn’t great” on the final play.

Westbrook finished with 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting to go along with six rebounds and five assists on the night, but his four turnovers essentially changed the course of the game. His final one, in particular, came when LA had put together a mini-run and was on the verge of evening up the score late.

When the Lakers acquired Westbrook this summer obviously the move came with a lot of fanfare. That said, so far his fights with not one, but two fans off the court have been far more notable than his contributions on it.

There’s a reason Anthony was so blunt about his assessment of the Lakers right now. Frustrations are growing. Nobody expects this team to be a world-beater without James in the lineup, but it should be better than what it was on Thursday night.

Obviously it’s still early. If LA ultimately gets it together and Westbrook finds his rhythm nobody will remember this poor start. If they don’t, however – don’t be surprised if the Westbrook acquisition eventually ends up in the same trash bin of Lakers history as the Dwight Howard and Steve Nash ones.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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