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#pounditSunday, December 4, 2022

Lakers fans crush Russell Westbrook after missed layup during loss

Russell Westbrook goes for a layup

Russell Westbrook has been taking heat lately over his lackluster play at a time when the Lakers are struggling. His play on Wednesday night did not help his case.

The Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 104-99 on Wednesday, making it six of their last seven games that they Lakers have lost. Ja Morant dominated with 41 points, while LeBron James scored 37 for the Lakers.

Westbrook had a triple-double and even some respectable shooting numbers at 7/16 (43 percent). But his terrible miss on a layup attempt late in the game stood out.

NBA players, let alone former MVPs, should not miss layups like that. Had Westbrook made the layup, it would have been a 1-point game instead of a 3-point game. The Lakers only scored two more points the rest of the game and lost by five.

This was the second game in a week where Westbrook missed a layup late.

The social media reactions were not kind:

A miss that bad might be enough to cause Westbrook to dodge the media again.

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