D’Angelo Russell Says ‘Little Things’ Have Prevented Lakers From Reaching Potential
Lakers Highlights: Los Angeles Vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The franchise-worst 49-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday has resulted in the Los Angeles Lakers hitting a serious low point in the 2016-17 NBA season. The impressive win over the Indiana Pacers two days earlier was washed away with the lowly Mavericks making easy work of the D’Angelo Russell-less Lakers.

Russell, who is currently nursing a sprained MCL, claims it’s the squad’s inability to value the little things that cause the team to get consistently get off to bad starts, via NBA.com’s David Aldridge:

“You’ve got to value the little things,” Russell said. “The little things are what gets us off to bad starts. It’s what doesn’t allow us to be the best we could be that day. Every day, it’s something little — missed box out assignments, missed defensive assignments. Just little things like that that add up. It’s never necessarily missing shots or making shots; it’s more just the little things. And the more we value that, I think it’ll speed the process up.”

Earlier in the season, the Lakers received high praise around the league for having arguably the best bench in the NBA. Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. were lighting it up on a nightly basis while the starters led by Russell struggled to get things going right out of the gate.

Back in November, the starters struggling seemed to be one of only a few problems for this young team. The Lakers showed they could play with anyone while starting the season 10-10, and now at 16-32, the team has gone off the rails with the losses piling up in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

On Wednesday, the Lakers will attempt to bounce back as they continue their road trip against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers, who haven’t exactly lived up to expectations thus far, have already beaten the Lakers twice and will try to make it three in a row this season on Wednesday night in Portland.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Kevin Garnett Reveals First Choice Was To Play With Kobe Bryant Before Celtics Trade

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics and Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are definitely remembered as a bitter rivalry…

Super Bowl Party Planning for Lakers Fans

It’s safe to say the eyes of Lakers Nation will drift away…

Lakers News: Team Meets With Point Guard Cameron Payne At Draft Combine

As the NBA Draft nears, the Los Angeles Lakers are doing their…

Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Says Fans Should Stop ‘Shaming’ NBA Free Agents For Choosing New Teams

Over the past several years, NBA free agents like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and plenty of others have chosen to…