In an attempt to give his team an additional opportunity with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers leading the Trail Blazers by one point on Sunday, Russell Westbrook took an open midrange jump shot.
However, he missed the attempt, and Damian Lillard of Portland later made the game-winning three-pointer, dropping Los Angeles to 0-3 on the season.
After the game, LeBron James was questioned about his mindset of going for a two-for-one possession in that circumstance. He appeared irritated by Westbrook’s choice. However, he claimed that journalists were attempting to set him up to disparage his teammate.
James remarked, “I don’t know, I feel like this is an interview where they’re trying to get me to say anything.” I can tell you guys currently fall under the Russell Westbrook umbrella.
James acknowledged that he detested losing in any way and gave the Blazers credit, but it was obvious that he felt compelled to question Westbrook.
James went on to say, “You guys can write about Russ and all the stuff you guys want to try and discuss about Russ. I’m not up here to do that, though. No, I won’t. I’ve repeated it numerous times. That’s not me, That isn’t who I am.
In the 106-104 defeat, James scored 31 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists while Westbrook finished with 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
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