D’Angelo Russell had yet another poor shooting night as he was 1-for-8 from the field (1/6 three-pointers) in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
The 27-year-old point guard finished the game with just 3 points as the Lakers lost 108-119 to go down 0-3 in the series. Despite being a starter, he played just 20 minutes.
It has been a rough series for Russell who is averaging just 7 points per game on 29.6% shooting and is making 14.3% of his three-pointers. His regular season numbers for the Lakers were 17.4 points (48.4% field goals, 41.4% three-pointers).
Lakers legend James Worthy thinks that the player is facing additional pressure in the conference finals because the Nuggets are betting on him to miss shots.
“He’s under the pressure of knowing that the opponents have picked him out to attack on the offensive end. So that’s added pressure,” Worthy said about Russell on Spectrum SportsNet. “You have to be able to dig your way out of situations like that as a professional athlete in any sport. I don’t care what it is.
“We all have been in a little ditch before. But you have to find a way to come out in the playoffs as a starter. Unfortunately it just didn’t happen for D-Lo in this series. Not over, but it just hasn’t happened for him.”
Darvin Ham was also asked about Russell’s shooting woes after Game 3. “All good looks. He just has to remain aggressive. All good looks,” he said.