‘We haven’t done a great job of helping him’

On Tuesday night time, the Lakers matchup towards the defending champions did not end-up as they could have deliberate. 

The Bucks, main by as many as 30 factors at one level, dominated and comfortably clinched the sport 131-116 behind a 44-point night time from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee separated themselves from the hosts early, courtesy of a 26-8 run within the first quarter, and simply constructed on that the remainder of the best way. 

For a lot of the sport, the Lakers did not even look aggressive towards the Bucks.

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Nonetheless, within the fourth quarter, they did deliver the lead – which ranged within the 20s for a lot of the sport – all the way down to 10 however could not ice that run. This late run got here with Russell Westbrook on the bench.

In reality, in contrast to earlier latest cases when the celebrity guard was benched by way of stretches of the fourth quarter, on this sport he wasn’t known as upon in any respect, as soon as he was subbed-out on the 2:34 mark of the third quarter. 

“I should not need to hit any benchmark, to be sincere,” Westbrook stated postgame. “I put loads of work in, I received loads of respect on this sport.” 

On the closing buzzer, the previous league MVP shot 3-of-11 from the sector for his 10 factors. During the last 4 video games, together with this one, Westbrook has shot 14-of-51 from the sector and 2-of-13 from past the arc. 

As soon as the Lakers waived the white flag after their valiant combat within the fourth, Westbrook was seen consoling LeBron James and Anthony Davis. 

He was reportedly sharing with them that he wished he might assist them however could not as he wasn’t within the sport within the closing interval. 

The Westbrook state of affairs with the Lakers has been the speak of the city of late, particularly given his struggles and inefficient play. 

When requested about that second within the closing seconds of the sport, LeBron James mirrored on the chemistry between the staff’s Massive 3.

“I need to assist AD. I need to assist Russ. AD need to assist me assist Russ and Russ needs to assist us,” James stated postgame. “Currently, Russ hasn’t felt like he is had a chance or with a chance given, he is hasn’t helped us as a lot as he’d like. We haven’t accomplished an ideal job of serving to him.”

With this loss, the tenth defeat of their final 15 video games, the Lakers stumble to 26-29 for the season.

They’re at present the ninth seed, a half sport behind the eighth-seeded LA Clippers and three.5 video games forward of the tenth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans.

“We have gotta attempt to flip this round earlier than it will get actually dangerous,” Anthony Davis stated postgame. 


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