Russell Westbrook’s first two games with the Los Angeles Lakers have not gone according to plan.
On Sunday, Westbrook recorded eight points on 3-for-12 shooting, along with two rebounds and five assists. In addition, he amassed nine turnovers in just 26 minutes.
Two days earlier, on Friday, Westbrook’s big Lakers debut saw him finish with two points, seven rebounds, four assists and six turnovers on 1-for-7 shooting in 17 minutes of action.
LA lost both games.
Naturally, in light of Westbrook’s slow start and the more than $90 million left on his contract, some have grown concerned.
Following Sunday’s game, Westbrook sent a four-word message to all his haters.
“Keep that same energy,” he said. Keep it, in fact, when he starts recording 20 assists per game.
Westbrook’s start with the Lakers has been so bad that even team head coach Frank Vogel felt the need to come out and address it. According to him, there’s one major reason for these early troubles. And he feels like it’s a solvable problem.
That is something Westbrook also agrees with. He believes the fix for his current woes are simple.
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“Oh, it’s fine,” he said on Sunday night. “The turnovers are on me. But good thing they don’t count. I turned that b— over 15 times might not do nothing about it. It’s on me, though. Easy fix.”
This is a big year for the Lakers. Many view them as one of the NBA’s top two teams, and a big reason why is the addition of Westbrook.
That said – clearly something isn’t working at the moment. Even LeBron James has suggested that the team must make one immediate adjustment ASAP. Whether that’ll ultimately solve the Lakers’ problems remains to be seen, though.