Russell Westbrook’s minutes show how the Lakers coach’s faith in him has dwindled – San Bernardino Sun

Editor’s Note: This is the Monday, February 7 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive newsletters in your inbox, Register here.

For the first time since early January, the Lakers won more than they lost this week. It’s usually a reason to celebrate, but fans who pay attention to the visible nature of this season may be waiting for the other shoe to drop.

On a week where the Lakers have taken another step forward, even if it’s hard to shake the feeling that two setbacks may be imminent:


Wednesday, W, Lakers 99, Portland Trail Blazers 94

Thursday, L, Clippers 111, Lakers 110

Saturday, W (OT), Lakers 122, New York Knicks 115

The Lakers (26-28) are 9th in the Western Conference rankings, 17 games behind the top team Phoenix Suns (42-10).

HIGH SCORE: It’s been a week of Pyrrhic wins for the Lakers, but the best development is simply LeBron James returns to the ring to win overtime against the Knicks. With James scoring a brace in his first game back and Anthony Davis continuing to dominate center, the final feels like a bit of a throwback to the “old” LeBron-and-AD days “. With Malik Monk scoring 29 points, it’s also the first time since November that three Lakers have scored 25 or more points.

BAD SCORE: After his running buoy at the siren went off, Davis falls as the Clippers celebrate their one point win with a Reggie Jackson shot. The Lakers were down for 17 games, fighting hard and looking ready to win after Russell Westbrook tipped Davis in to advance. A defensive clearance made Jackson look clean. Monk then bluntly said that the Lakers relax too often during games and that they are struggling, even two-thirds of the way, to figure out how to stop doing it.

TOPICS BEING NOTICED: In a larger scheme, I watched Russell Westbrook’s situation live on Sunday after the win over the Knicks in which he was sitting the entire time working overtime. But there’s a more accurate way of looking at how the coaching staff’s faith in Westbrook has broken.

The Popcorn Machine website tracks the spins in each game. There were only three minutes in the game as the Lakers got his own Westbrook without James or Davis. In the final game against the Big Three in Brooklyn, only two and a half minutes. Looks like the coaching staff are making sure Westbrook isn’t out of the ring. Especially when playing, James handles the ball. But even in the game against the Clippers, while Westbrook managed to get some late bucks, Monk made the majority of extra tackles, finishing with the top seven assists. Season.

Stars, especially ball handlers, are often staggered in such a way that one of them can lie on the floor all the time. But the Lakers are gone from thatand if you ignore the one second where Westbrook’s February minutes (32.8) increased slightly, you can see that his minutes decreased from November to December (36.4 to 35.4), and then again from December to January (down to 32 mpg) – although both James and Davis missed significant time during those months. Instead of taking on more, Westbrook’s load is reduced due to a decision directly related to training. Whether you agree with this decision is probably subjective, but the divide between player and coach can be read in that decline.

READING OF THE WEEK: Saturday’s win over the Knicks made me feel incredibly important to the Lakers, So we need to recap a few things to tell them what to expectincluding Monk’s starting role, what James has to say about his knee, and of course Westbrook and everything that’s been going on with him.

HEAT UP: It’s been a week where you’ll have to forgive me for being so obvious: Anthony Davis playing in his mind. It’s not just his 29.3 ppg last week, it’s his 16.3 rpg that he put down during that time, as well as the snaps all over the paint. Davis dominated the final round against Portland with a rebound, which is something that doesn’t really happen as often as it was used at star level in today’s game. The effort reflects his grit and desire to help get the Lakers out of their leaderboard pits. Frank Vogel said of Davis’ recovery: “I love the way Anthony recovered from basketball. I mean, he’s tearing these things up in traffic. Lakers fans love that too: It’s the side of Davis they’ve been waiting to see again since he helped raise the banner.

HYPOTHERMIA: After a game against Charlotte, he played surprisingly well (13 points)it seems Kent Bazemore there may be some time to get back to the rotation. It was short-lived: He won 0 for 5 in his next three games, was minus 14 in less than 21 minutes and was back on the shelf against the Knicks. Given the attitude that so many on the team like, Bazemore will probably always give himself a chance. But he didn’t cash out those opportunities when they came.

TRADE REPORT: The top issue was LeBron James’ knee. He played on Saturday, and the Lakers have two days between games before playing the Bucks. But the 37-year-old knee can be unpredictable, and James admits he didn’t feel great in his warm-up ahead of Saturday’s game. After the adrenaline cools, soreness, stiffness, and possibly even swelling can flare up again. It’s worth watching to see how the Lakers manage him in this backstop. Carmelo Anthony is still considered the day with a hamstring strain he suffered in the game against the Clippers. Kendrick Nunn trained for pregnancy on Saturday, but there’s still no sign that he’s nearing his regular season debut – and we’re nearing the end of the regular season.

PRICE CAN BE PRICED: When asked if he was trying to get back to a “bubble” version of himself, Davis had an amusing response, admitting that he was slated to start the season: “I I know even though the numbers were there, I don’t… don’t feel the same way myself. I didn’t help the team as much as I might have had to win the basketball games earlier in the year. I take ownership of that. When the knee injury happened, I was able to leave the game and just judge myself. Don’t have to look at other people and what they can do, look at yourself in the mirror and see how you can be better. And I just took that as a thought about being the advertiser they wanted to bring here. ”

BEFORE SURVEY: It’s been a pretty long week. The Lakers may have a little more confidence in themselves than they deserve after being yelled at by an underdog in New York. Now the big boys: Defending champions Milwaukee and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Golden State and Splash Brothers. Watch the Lakers beat someone with realistic aspirations. The last win the Lakers had against a team with an all-win record was Brooklyn, who didn’t have Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving. Before that, it was the Utah Jazz, currently leading 4-11 in the last 15 games. Was the Lakers’ last really good win over the Dallas Mavericks in extra time back on Dec.? They have a chance to turn things around if James and Davis play this way, and if they can overwhelm Westbrook a little more. It just hasn’t happened consistently.


Tuesday, Milwaukee, 7 p.m

Wednesday, in Portland, 7 p.m

Saturday, at the Golden State, 5:30 pm

– Kyle Goon

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