Russell Westbrook took significant responsibility for the Los Angeles Clippers’ late and disappointing downfall against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, 113-108.
“This one’s on me honestly,” Westbrook said, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I could have been better. Started off good. But just in the second half, was terrible. And I got to do a better job of helping the guys out in the second half and the fourth quarter. So, it’s nothing anybody did. But honestly, it’s on me.”
With Kawhi Leonard sitting the first game of the team’s back-to-back, Westbrook played 37 minutes and registered 14 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
But he was reckless with the ball in his possession, tallying six turnovers that became momentum for the young Magic team to deliver a massive 39-point output in the fourth frame.
To add up, Westbrook wasn’t consistent again as he finished with a 5-for-14 for the entire night.
Still, Paul George got no worries for his fellow star and remains optimistic that he’ll be able to get over the shooting hump.
“He’s a professional,” George said of Westbrook. “He’s a veteran. Top 75 player. He’s going to get through it. He knows to stay confident, he knows that we trust him and got his back, that he’s going to stay in attack mode. I don’t ever worry about Russ’ shooting. I just know what he brings and his value to the team. And that is bigger than anything.
“He just does so much other stuff that I don’t care. He plays hard and that’s a guy that I want to roll with.”
Westbrook and the Clippers will look to bounce back on Sunday as they briefly take the road to battle the Blazers in Portland.