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The solution to the injury problem of LeBron and Davis in the Lakers: Russ came in as a backup to the role of the "Alpha Dog". The Solution to the Chemistry Problems in Dallas: A "Council of Leaders" that is already giving flashbacks

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"That's what was missing": Westbrook becomes the Lakers' "alternative monster"?

The solution to the injury problem of LeBron and Davis in the Lakers: Russ came in as a backup to the role of the "Alpha Dog".

The Solution to the Chemistry Problems in Dallas: A "Council of Leaders" that is already giving flashbacks.

And also: it seems that Jukic's injury is "not serious".

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  • Russell Westbrook

  • Los Angeles Lakers

  • Dallas Mavericks



Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 09:43

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The Lakers understand: Just for games like this we signed Russell Westbrook. In the absence of LeBron James who was in pain, the explosive quarterback shone with 33 points at maximum efficiency (15 of 27 from the field), alongside 10 rebounds and 8 assists in a 121-125 victory over San Antonio after overtime.

Westbrook was at his best in the final quarter as the Purple-Yellows came back from a double-digit deficit, and also stood out in overtime with a typical dunk paving the way for victory. And if until now he has tried to get used to a new reality in which he is sheltered in the shadow of other stars, this time James' shortcoming allowed him to take over the game as usual.

"That's why we felt great about this signing," Lakers coach Frank Vogel explained.

"Last season we lacked LeBron and AD for long periods, and we did not have enough talent to carry properly to the playoffs, and also in the playoffs itself. Getting a player like Russ when LeBron is out, it opens up a lot of options for us. Suddenly there is another player who can give you a monstrous game. "In a given evening, you suddenly have another alpha dog. We are starting to profit from this signing right now."

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Just let him lead.

Westbrook (Photo: GettyImages, Ronald Cortes)

Westbrook himself explained that "because of LeBron's downside, we had more responsibility to make the other players better," he said he was surprised by the cheers for the Lakers in San Antonio's home court. "I'm not used to being encouraged in away games. It was a completely different experience than I am used to."

On the other hand, the Lakers are once again worried about the injuries that are piling up. Aside from LeBron who is in doubt for the next game against Oklahoma City, Anthony Davis also ended the game in pain after injuring his ankle in the closing minutes of legal time. AD did continue to play, but said at the end that "I felt a bit overwhelmed and sensitive, and tomorrow after I get up in the morning I will be able to testify better about my condition."

Davis, who missed 36 games last season in the regular season, claims that had it not been for the special physical preparations he made for the upcoming season, the injury would have been more serious. "I consciously and intentionally strengthened my body during the break, and that's my luck,Because otherwise this injury would probably have caused me to be absent for a longer period. "

Preparing for the season prevented a more serious injury? Anthony Davis with Westbrook at the end (Photo: GettyImages, Ronald Cortes)

As part of the changes Dallas is undergoing under the leadership of Jason Kidd, she is trying a new concept: a "leadership board" that includes three players, and its role is to be in direct contact with the coach and management regarding decisions made by the team. At the initiative of this "leadership council," which according to ESPN includes Luca Doncic, Kristaps Forzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., the idea was born to share in the 106: 116 victory tonight over Houston all 15 players on the roster.

Against the weak opponent, it worked well. Boban Marianovic, for example, played for the first time this season and finished with 11 points, earning high applause from the home crowd. "Boban was great, he changed the game," Kidd admitted at the conclusion. "Not sure I could share 15 players in other games, but for me to see the chemistry between the players and everyone's sense of urgency, it was a beautiful thing. Everyone plays solely to win. It was pretty cool for a first home game."

Kid admitted that "this idea was suggested to me by our Council of Leaders. They approached me this morning and asked if it was possible. I thought it was a great idea. It just shows how much character there is in this team, it illustrates what materials our players are made of and what our locker room looks like. ".

As you may recall, last season in the United States there was a report of a lack of chemistry between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Forzingis, which damaged the atmosphere in the team.

Now the Mavericks are trying to do it differently.

Doncic, who finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds, explained what was behind the new initiative and said that "the more we talk, the better. Talks solve a lot of problems, and this idea will help us overcome obstacles later on."

The council's tips are already working.

Doncic with Jason Kidd, tonight (Photo: GettyImages, Ron Jenkins)

Denver estimates that Nikola Jukic's injury is not serious.

MVP last season sprained his ankle late in the first half (until then he had managed to score 24 points, take down 6 rebounds and deal 6 assists in 15 minutes) with a 122: 110 loss to Utah, went down to the locker room groaning in pain and did not return until the end.

Nuggets coach Mike Malone said Yukic wanted to return to play, but was refused by the medical and professional staff.

"From what I understand, this is not a serious injury at all," he said.

"He told me he was feeling a little exhausted, so I didn't bring him back into the game. It was my decision."

Malone admitted he feared Jokic would return to play at all costs and aggravate the injury.

"I know him well enough to know he would play again and again to the end despite the pain. Sometimes the decisions have to be made for him. He didn't have to risk himself."

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