Los Angeles Lakers didn’t have the best of starts to their campaign as they lost against Golden State Warriors by 114-121 at the Staples Center on Wednesday. The team was heavily dependent on LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the previous season and thus they had roped in Russell Westbrook.
While James and Davis were able to hit the ground running as they collectively scored 67 points, Westbrook struggled to get going on his debut. James accumulated 34 points whereas Davis scored 33 but their efforts went in vain as Russell Westbrook had a forgettable game as he could only muster eight points in the 35 minutes he played.
King James feels it was first-game jitters for Westbrook and advised him to be just himself in the coming matches.
“I just think it was first-game jitters,” LeBron said. “I don’t put too much into it. There was probably a lot going through his mind, being a kid from L.A. … I’m not worried about Russ at all. He just needs to be himself.”
When asked about what advice he will give to Rusell Westbrook, James said, “Tell Russ to go home and watch a comedy…. I just don’t want him to be so hard on himself.”
Westbrook ended the game with just eight points, five rebounds, four turnovers, and four assists and he was far from his absolute best. It will be crucial for the Lakers that Westbrook provides support to James and Davis if they are to go all the way in the season.
Westbrook wasn’t at his best in the preseason matches and he will look to come up with a better show in the next matches. Lakers will next lock horns against Phoenix Suns on Friday.