Monday, September 26, 2022

Hernandez: Lakers need Russell Westbrook to dominate

Anthony Davis chose his words carefully.

“Mmm …” he began.

Davis was asked what Russell Westbrook could have done to become the more 18-point player in his third-quarter 106-100 defeat to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night – his version that put the Lakers back on a comeback. … a victory over the Detroit Pistons two days earlier.

“He’ll figure it out,” Davis continued.

Davis paused and then turned to the heart of the matter.

“You know, I think the difference is that in both games there is no [LeBron James]Davis said. “We just need to figure out how he does it, no matter who is on the floor.”

James served a one-game suspension on a nationally televised game on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden. Westbrook’s offensive outbreak in Detroit came after James was kicked out for punching Isaiah Stewart in the face.

More than a month into the season, Westbrook remains the most mysterious figure in the unevenly built squad, now at 9-10.

He is both a source of uneasiness and optimism, his five first-half spins are pessimistic and reassuring that these Lakers were doomed from the start, and his triple-double with 31 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds offers a tempting opportunity. what they might be if he learned to coexist with their other two superstars.

The way Westbrook played could be directly related to the way the Lakers played. He had a boring first half and they were 10-0 behind in less than two minutes of play and a whopping 25. He dominated the third quarter and at some point erased the deficit.

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When asked how he made just one spin in the second half against the Knicks, Westbrook replied, “It’s funny that you mention revs. I have not heard you ask me this question five games. You know why?”

Because he cared about the ball?

Westbrook, who has flipped 12 times in his previous four games, smiled broadly.

He said that he and the Lakers are still in the early stages of getting to know each other.

“It’s a process for everyone, including me, just pace, speed,” Westbrook said.

He warned his new teammates that the pace will pick up soon.

“As the season progresses, I tell the guys, my pace picks up,” he said.

Coach Frank Vogel said he has begun to figure out what Westbrook is discovering.

“There are certain sets that we are looking at, a certain leveling of distances, whether to serve a big ball, whether to keep it on the flank,” Vogel said. “There are several performances that we put on in the middle of the hall, in which he seems to have a good rhythm.”

Lakers defender Russell Westbrook and New York Knicks defender Alec Burks (18) are fighting for the rebound, while R.J. Barrett (9) The Knicks are watching the first half of Tuesday in New York.

(Jim McIzack / Associated Press)

Davis pleads with Westbrook to maintain his signature attacking attitude, no matter the situation, no matter who is on the court with him.

“He has to be himself,” Davis said. “I tell him before every game:“ Be nobody but yourself. That is why we brought you here. “

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As stubborn as Westbrook may look from the outside, Davis described him as being overly compliant with his new teammates.

“Often he tries to get passive and starts skipping basketball and looking for other guys, which is great, but it kind of knocks him out of rhythm,” Davis said. “He can do the same with guys by being aggressive.”

Which he did in that third quarter. In addition to making seven of 10 shots during this period, he also recorded three assists.

Davis noted that Westbrook’s turnover is not a byproduct of being overly offensive, but not out of attack.

“When he walks and looks to pass and [isn’t] Looking at the rim, you can see that it is from here that a lot of its revolutions originate, it does not show aggression, “said Davis.

Westbrook said he is optimistic about improving his communication on court with Davis.

Playing with James can be tricky.

The Lakers’ best quarter this season could have happened earlier on this trip to Boston, when James returned from an eight-game absence with abdominal tension.

When James was the main player on the team, the Lakers took a 38-30 lead in the first quarter. But Westbrook disappeared and he never made it into the game, finishing with just 12 points.

Westbrook, James and Vogel must figure out if the version of Westbrook, who controlled the game in the third quarter of Wednesday, can share the stage with James and thrive without the ball always in his hands. Davis thinks he can. He better be right. It depends on it whether this season can be saved.

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