Russell scored a career-high 40 points in his first start at shooting guard this season. He did it against the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. He did it for the first time in his career. And he did it at a younger age than any Lakers player ever has in the franchise’s history, according to Brad Wing Youth Jersey the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I’m a basketball player,” he said, “not a point guard or a shooting guard.”
After the Lakers’ Rams Authentic Jersey 125-120 loss to Cleveland, a game in which both Russell and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving eclipsed 40 points, Irving sought Russell.
The Lakers fell to 20-50 while the Cavaliers improved to 46-23.
Irving led all scorers with 46 points. LeBron James had 34 with seven assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love scored 21 points for the Cavaliers before leaving the game in the second half.
The Lakers excelled as a team both offensively and defensively, given they were playing a team with three well-rested stars. Neither Irving, James nor Love played on Saturday night against the Clippers. The Cavaliers lost that game by 30 points.
Starting with eight minutes 52 seconds left in the second quarter, through the entire third and for most of the fourth, the Lakers led the Cavaliers.
“It wasn’t nice to look at because I know who we are,” Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Lakers led by as many as 11 points before James scored a transition layup to tie the score with 5:06 left in the game. From there, Irving and James took over. For the Lakers, what stood out most was Russell.
“We’ve all seen him when he gets going — he’s tough to handle,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said of Russell.
Russell also had six assists, two steals and only one turnover. He became the youngest player since James did it in 2004 to score 40 points, with six assists and one or no turnovers.
“I just feel like every time I got the ball I was in a position to either score or make a play,” Russell said. “Being a point guard, you come down, you have to pass the ball and wait ’til it gets back to you … to look like you’re at least doing your job. You can’t come down and shoot the ball every time at the point guard position. At the shooting guard position you’re either making a play or you’re scoring and that’s doing good for your team http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/carl-banks-jersey-for-sale-c-5.html.”
For two of the Authentic Brad Wing Womens Jersey games for which Russell came off the bench, Walton had started Nick Young at shooting guard. Young called in sick on Sunday, making the staff’s decision easy. They’d planned to eventually put Russell back in the starting lineup.
Russell shined right from the start. He made six of eight shots in the first quarter and his first four three-point attempts. In all, his seven three-pointers in the game matched a career Carl Banks Womens Jersey high.