Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis says being able to adjust midgame is one of Russell Westbrook's biggest strengths and it showed on Tuesday. After shooting just 1-of-5 in the first half, having six points and five turnovers, Westbrook exploded in the second half as he finished with 31 points in a 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks.
"He just clicks," Anthony Davis said of Westbrook's midgame adjustments. "I don't know if he sees a matchup he likes, or someone's talking to him on the other team, or a fan. I'm not sure. But whatever it is, we just need that the entire game because it helps us."
Westbrook helped the Lakers claw back from a 25-point first half deficit but the Knicks kept their focus and escaped with a win. "We were fighting and scrapping to get back into the game," Bradley said. "I feel like if we do a better job executing our game plan at the beginning, we won't be in that position and we'll be able to execute down the stretch."
Westbrook took exception after being asked about his turnovers
"It's funny," Westbrook said after feigning laughter. "You guys are funny, man. It's just making easy reads. I had five [turnovers] in the first half, I had one in the second.
So I know I made an adjustment and did a good job of picking my spots and being aggressive and looking to score instead of jumping in the air and making passes. "So, like I said, it's an easy fix for me. And I know when I'm making those mistakes and making those turnovers.
I mean, the one I stepped out of bounds and I got one before the half. So three of them are kind of like, if you're actually watching the game, you kind of would be like, 'Well, OK, that's different.' Three of them I kind of threw away.
So, I'll take those three. But other than that, I'll be fine." Davis reveals he is constantly encouraging Davis to be himself on the floor. "Russ has to continue to do what he's doing no matter who's on the floor.
To be himself," Davis said. "I tell him before every game: 'Be nobody but yourself. That's why we brought you here.' I think a lot of times, he tries to go passive and to start passing the basketball, looking for other guys, which is great, but kind of takes him out of a rhythm. And he can do the same for guys while being aggressive."