Lakers News: D’Angelo Russell needs to go back to the basics, takes responsibility for missed shots

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Lakers news jump-started fans’ newsfeeds as L.A. surprised the league by starting strong under the tutelage of Luke Walton, and his young leader in D’Angelo Russell. But an injury to his knee has caused things to sour, as D’Angelo Russell comes back unable to follow up what he’d started.

Frustration is starting to show its ugly head as Lakers news reveals the team’s loss to the Jazz 100-102 on Tuesday.

D’Angelo Russell took control of the ball after Rudy Gobert missed a couple of free throws, looking for Lou Williams, or any other open player as a second option. But the Jazz defense puts him in a position to decide quickly as time was winding down.

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D’Angelo Russell took it upon himself to take the shot from behind the arc and missed. Badly.

D’Angelo Russell struggles continue

Russell averages 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. According to Lakers news, his shooting percentage continues to go down from 42.3 percent to 36.1 percent.

Lakers news points out that perhaps D’Angelo Russell is trying too hard amidst his physical challenges, coping with injury.

Coach Luke Walton believes Russell should keep things simple, back to the basics.

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“In reality, the simple leads to the spectacular,” Walton said after the team won against the Clippers in a report by Lakers Nation.

“The tough part is, I’m a big believer in letting these guys use their creativity. They’re the best players in the world. Obviously, I don’t want them thinking they can’t make plays, but you’ve got to know time and score and when somebody is open, to me, just hit him, and let that guy make the next pass and for where we’re at as a team right now, that’s going to give us our best chance to succeed, and he (Russell) did that for a lot of the game yesterday, but there’s a few plays that could’ve cost us, and one in the fourth that did cost us, where we could’ve just made the simple pass and we tried to do something a little too flashy.”

D’Angelo Russell needs that mojo

Aside from Russell’s numbers taking a dip, he commits an average of 3.1 turnovers per game. Perhaps he needs a Gregg Popovich type of approach to the game and returns to keeping it simple.

“I didn’t have my mojo all game, I need to get my mojo back individually so I can be the same, but you got to live w/ it & die w/ it. If you take the shot you have to be able to take the criticism if you miss.” D’Angelo Russell tweeted after losing to the Jazz.

And criticism is going to come harder each time for sure. Not just for Russell but the whole team. Just look at how Nick Young spiked that ball after missing a shot. That’s how grim things are for the young Lakers.

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