For the second time in five nights. D’Angelo Russell has made history.
After tying an infamous record for his terrible performance on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard bounced back from it right away and played a career game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The Lakers say D'Angelo Russell is the youngest NBA player to get 40 points and 6 assists with fewer than 2 turnovers since … LeBron James
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) March 20, 2017
The 20-year-old Ohio State product finished the match with 40 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals and one turnover. More importantly, he gave his team a fighting chance to beat the defending champions as they only lost by five points, 125-120.
Since being pulled on to the side during their practice session last week by team president Magic Johnson and assistant coach Brian Shaw, Russell has played better and taken their advice to heart. He’s scored in double figures in two consecutive games now and has also taken care of the ball by limiting his turnovers.
Despite the Lakers owning the second-worst record in the league today, Russell is giving their fans a lot to be hopeful for the future. He is proving he can be one of their leaders for the coming years and has shown signs of maturity throughout the course of the season. If he continues to improve his game, it won’t be surprising if his team can once again have the success it’s been accustomed to getting in the past.