The Los Angeles Lakers are once again looking in bad shape.
Even with the return of Anthony Davis and the inclusion of newcomer Rui Hachimura, the Lakers have slipped back down to 13th place in the West and are struggling to get into play-in contention.
There are many reasons for their problems, including tough opponents, nasty injuries, and a few awful calls by the referees.
But Russell Westbrook hasn’t been helping lately either.
Westbrook stats the last 4 games:
5.3 ast (3.3 tov)
Hard being a fan at this point
— 🏀 (@HoodAnalyst_) January 29, 2023
Over the last four games, Westbrook has averaged just 12.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds.
His field goal percentage has been a dreadful 32.7% and his three-point shooting has been a shocking 3.7%.
If you compare this to just a few weeks ago, you see a huge drop-off for the former All-Star.
He was achieving a field goal percentage as high as 47% and 50% at the start of the month and was putting up close to 30 points a night.
Something has happened since then and Westbrook is looking like his old self in the very worst ways.
This couldn’t come at a worse time.
The team is attempting to turn things around and the bench will be an important part of that.
Westbrook’s role for most of the season has been leading the team’s second unit.
LeBron James and Davis are set to sit out of Monday night’s game, which means even more pressure will be put on Westbrook’s shoulders.
Will he be able to answer the call and look like a Sixth Man of the Year candidate again?
For a few months, Westbrook was playing like someone motivated, focused, and happy with his position on the team.
However, he has been looking clunky and out of sorts lately.
That is the last thing this struggling Lakers team needs.NEXT: NBA Referees Had An All-Time Apology This Weekend