Lost a gift to the Blazers at the critical moment
With the Lakers up 102-101 with less than 30 seconds to go before the whistle blows, Westbrook was attacking the paint when he had the ball, but he missed an unguarded jumper.
After that, the Blazers’ 32-year-old guard Damion Lillard put in a key three-pointer with 20 seconds left to overtake. With 12 seconds left in the game, coach Hamm immediately stopped the loss and replaced Westbrook. Substituted by 24-year-old Austin Reeves. But in the end, the Lakers were still counterattacked and lost to the Trail Blazers, which did not reach the championship-level lineup.
Hamm questions Westbrook’s style of play
Based on the fact that the Lakers are the team with the lowest overall shooting percentage in the NBA , and Westbrook has not gotten rid of the low-efficiency shooting percentage, he decisively gave up the opportunity to attack the basket and scored points steadily and chose the inside jumper. Presumably Hamm and the fans are very puzzled. Sbrook’s approach at the time.
After the game, Lakers head coach Hamm commented on Westbrook’s approach. He said that according to the situation at the time, 34-year-old guard Patrick Beverley had helped Westbrook to screen in the paint, allowing him to gain offensive power. He had a chance at the basket, but he opted for a mid-range jumper and said he hoped Westbrook would aggressively attack the basket rather than take that shot.
When Hamm was asked by the media if he was worried that Westbrook would be unhappy after being replaced at a critical moment, Hamm responded that the team did not have time to worry about personal emotions and feelings at the time.
In addition, Hamm also added that even if he chooses to pitch, he still needs to understand the situation, time and better offensive positioning at the time, and the current lineup is still working hard in this regard.
Looking at Westbrook’s inefficient shooting percentage and performance, his confidence in the choice of shots in the game will undoubtedly be criticized by many, especially his poor shooting percentage since the beginning of the season, 11 shots in a single game. His score was his second-worst 0-for-13 field goal percentage since his NBA career, averaging just 28.3 percent from the field.