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LeBron James Has A Better Record Through His First 40 Games With Russell Westbrook Than His First 40 Games With Kyrie Irving

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Russell Westbrook is one of the most polarizing players in the league. Some view him as a legitimate superstar, due to his ability to rack up statistics in all categories and periodically carry a team's offense. However, there are some who point to his lackadaisical defense, ball-dominant playstyle, and turnovers as reasons for why he's overrated.

There has been a lot of criticism for Russell Westbrook during his time on the Los Angeles Lakers thus far, with people pointing to his bad fit with LeBron James due to both of them doing similar things in an offense. 

Sometimes, it takes two star players a portion of regular-season games to develop chemistry with one another and learn how to play together. For example, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were known as an effective one-two punch, and they managed to win a title in 2016. However, their record through their first 40 games together was 20-20, exactly .500. LeBron James' first 40 games with Russell Westbrook have actually produced slightly better results, as their record together thus far is 21-19.

It is quite possible that Russell Westbrook and LeBron James will figure out how to play together. At the end of the day, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are both talented players who want to win, and hopefully, we end up seeing them do that.

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently the 6th seed in the Western Conference, and there's no question that they are lower than expected, as many expected them to be one of the best teams in the league going into the season. With that being said, it's quite possible that they are starting to develop a rhythm. The Lakers are currently on a 4-game winning streak, and perhaps we'll see it continue going forward.