Following his team’s 123-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook will have his right thumb examined on Monday, according to Lakers head coach Darvin Ham.
It’s unclear precisely when Westbrook’s shooting hand thumb became sore during the course of the contest. After that, he had X-rays, which revealed nothing. The thumb problem was not brought up by Westbrook in his postgame press conference.
“I know my abilities to make guys better around me.” – Russell Westbrook on powering his teammates offensively. pic.twitter.com/ZtVnSdwQ2O
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) November 21, 2022
In the absence of head coach Gregg Popovich, the Lakers easily defeated a struggling Spurs team for their most comfortable victory of the 2022–23 campaign (illness).
Anthony Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Lakers’ third straight victory, his third consecutive Bubble AD retrospective, and Austin Reaves added 21 points. Five additional Lakers scored more than ten points.
Anthony Davis has been a MONSTER in his last 3 games
30 PTS – 18 REBS – 2 ASTS – 63% FG
38 PTS – 16 REBS – 2 ASTS – 63% FG
37 PTS – 18 REBS – 2 ASTS – 60% FG
The Lakers are on a 3-game winning streak during this stretch. pic.twitter.com/6JViYhGtTy
The current front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year, Russell Westbrook, was a +14 in 22 minutes. He made 2-of-5 from the 3-point range and 4-of-9 from the field.
Reporter: “Is there an identity that can be found with the second unit with you playing that way?”
Russell Westbrook: “It honestly don’t matter what unit it is. I know my abilities to make guys better around me.”pic.twitter.com/zD2AzHej05
Russ has averaged 17.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 8.5 assists in 29.7 minutes per game since switching to the bench. He has made 80% of his free throw attempts and shot 39.5% (! ) from beyond the arc.
Russell Westbrook set up Anthony Davis perfectly to finish the first quarter pic.twitter.com/HmR7I7Xh5Z
As a result of a left adductor strain, LeBron James missed his fourth straight game. According to Ham, Los Angeles is taking extra precautions with the 20-year veteran.
The Lakers (5-10) will next play the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at the Footprint Center, then the Spurs on Friday and Saturday at the AT&T Center in a home-and-home series.