Lakers are making it harder for Russell

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Posted by Lakers fan on March 14, 2017 at 14:27:48:

In Reply to: Re: Russell > Schroeder posted by IE Coach on March 14, 2017 at 13:58:48:

: : : : : : : : : : : : This brain dead inconsistent clown doesn't know the time in the Philadelphia game ! I don't want him leading the Lakers. This guy is way overrated and way over hyped !

: : : : : : : : : : :Hope we get Ball and bench this genius !

: : : : : : : : : Don't be na´ve it was done on purpose out of the time out they are tanking to keep their pick. They want to play hard and be in games and then find a way to lose at the end.

: : : Zach Lavine (22 years of age). He shoots better fg, 3fg and ft's. He also has more upside.

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: : : : : : : : Curious playcall out of the timeout, Luke should've called another timeout when the out of bounds play was blown up, doesn't seem that Luke communicated the situation well to the players. But it's on Russell too.

: : : : : : : : The lineup changes screwed up Russell's game by killing the spacing in the starting unit. Teams sag off Nwaba and Randle, and Ingram hasn't been hitting open shots. Ennis and Nance hit 3 of the Lakers' 4 threes, they were off the bench. This lineup change came from above, Tank Marshall Magic wanted to drop four games behind Philadelphia.

: : : : : : : Yep. They also got their 2 game comfort zone from Phoenix after winning there a few games ago. Tank-tacular!

: : : : : : :I want them to tank don't get me wrong but I also want Russell to be exposed for that bench player that he is. 4/15 last night by the way !

: : : : : This was the worst tank game of the year. JC isn't a point guard and the lineups used had no spacing. 24 assists on 44 field goals Sunday, and 17 assists on 42 field goals last night. 10 for 40 on threes since Nick was benched. Last night all the Lakers' threes were unassisted unless you count passing the ball around the perimeter aimlessly as an assist. Even then only three 3s were "assisted". Magic may as well suit up if he wants to keep tanking like this, this is the worst team in the league now.

: : : : : Get Ad-Rock and Mike D out of retirement, this is sabotage!

: : : : If D'Angelo Russell sucks, name one point guard in the league under 25 that is better than him.

: : : : Actually, wait until Kyrie Irving's birthday in nine days and then let's do this.

: : Lavine doesn't play point guard anymore, used to play some point but not since Thibs took over. His defense is even worse than Russell's.

: : Russell can't attack the way most want a PG to be able to, but he plays the position better than Lavine or Booker could. He's a better passer with excellent court vision. Decision making will improve.

: You must be his older brother, because he is a really poor point guard. He was a -32 last night which is beyond horrible. Lavine is still listed as a pg.......just saying. It'll be interesting to see if the Lakers attempt to save face and give him another contract or release him after next season. On the bright side , he would have been a great 2nd round pickup.

The +/- reflects lineups the Lakers are throwing out there to experiment (i.e. lose). Russell led the Lakers to victory Thursday(admittedly Bledsoe was hurt) and the Lakers rewarded him by benching Nick Young, and starting two guys who can't shoot next to him. That's not counting Ingram who still doesn't have the respect he should have when he spots up.

The Timberwolves are 12-7 without Lavine this year. He is not the point guard and hasn't been since his rookie year, Rubio and Dunn are the point guards for Minnesota. Lavine has averaged fewer assists per year each season in increased minutes(3 assists/37 minutes). He is a shooting guard with great potential but horrible defense that hurts his team; even playing alongside Towns and Wiggins, his team was on pace for 28 wins with him in the lineup. They were 16-31 in his 47 games.

If I were Russell's older brother I'd punk him for the ripped skinny jeans. But while he was healthy, his team was on pace for 30 wins, even with Lou Williams as the best player. If he had Wiggins and Towns and shared pg duties with Dunn and Rubio, they'd be the 8th seed.

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