Russell Westbrook can't catch a break. After landing in Los Angeles via trade from Washington, the veteran point guard looked like a great addition to the Lakers, but time is proving fans wrong.
His fit with LeBron James was questioned as soon as the trade was announced, and now that James is out of action, Westbrook has failed to step up for his team and show he can lead them to wins.
This week was tough for the 2017 MVP, who once again lost against the Oklahoma City Thunder, blowing a big lead against the young, inexperienced team. On Saturday, he went against a familiar face, Damian Lillard and his Portland Trail Blazers.
In a game between two teams and players going through complex moments, Lillard took the best out of Russ, beating the Lakers 105-90 at Moda Center to worsen the purple and gold's crisis.
Westbrook left the game after going 1-13 from the field and turning the ball over six times, recording his worst game since landed in Los Angeles. Without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Russ had to show up and demonstrate he can lead this team. Still, none of that happened and the Lakers are now 5-5, ranking 10th in the Western Conference standings.
NBA fans didn't appreciate Russ' performance and took to social media to call him out. He hasn't had the best presentations in recent days and the community is already tired of it.
This is terrible news for the Lakers. They are trying to compete for a championship and Westbrook's struggles don't benefit them. Of course, the 2017 MVP has turned things around after a rough start in the past two seasons, so this could be another example of that.
Yet, it doesn't look like Lakers fans have that patience. They want to win from the get-go and Russ' performances don't please them. Time will tell if he is indeed the piece they need to win the championship.