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Russell Westbrook Says He Is Very Optimistic About The Lakers Season Despite Their Struggles

Lakers Assistant Coach Says Russell Westbrook Needs To Slow Down A Little Bit: "He Was Probably Moving Too Fast Or Trying To Press When Things Aren’t There."

Russell Westbrook was at the receiving end of the majority of the blame earlier in the season. His turnover rate was alarming, and the fans came at him with everything they had.

Although he has made the necessary adjustment in that department, fans are still calling on the triple-double king to deliver a lot more for the team. Russ' performance has been much improved, but the Lakers are still struggling to win games.

Following their loss last night against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center, the Lakers now hold a 16-16 record and are ranked 7th in the Western Conference standings.

Speaking postgame, Russ was still confident in the team's ability to turn things around. Westbrook is still "optimistic" about the Lakers' season despite their 16-16 record.

According to Lakers reporter Ryan Ward:

"Russell Westbrook says he's "very optimistic" heading into the 50 games left in the season despite the Lakers' struggles."

There is a chance Westbrook will not be around to see out the next 50 games, as rumors suggest the Lakers have had internal discussions about his future with the team. Nonetheless, it is great to see that the veteran guard is anticipating better performances from the team.

Although that is not what the fans will like to hear, as they believe they have seen enough after 32 games, there is nothing else to be done except hope for a better run.

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley believes the Lakers will not win six games in a roll, and so far, they have proved him right. They are yet to have a four-game winning streak, and the excuse has been them not playing at full strength.

LeBron James said the same after the loss against the Suns, but with the caliber of players available, they can still cause some damage. Trevor Ariza was a bright spot for the team last night, finishing the game with 12 points and was perfect from the field. It was his second game this season following his return from an ankle injury.

In the game against the Suns, Russ recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. So far this season, he is averaging 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists.