After what seemed to be a dismal week for Los Angeles Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell, a career-high 40-point effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers put that to rest for the youngster, who was clicking on all cylinders.
Russell became the youngest Laker to reach the 40-point mark in franchise history, but it didn’t prove enough for an inexperienced team to pull off the upset against a hard-charging Kyrie Irving, who out-dueled the young floor general with 46 points of his own.
Soon after the 125-120 loss, the Ohio State product was spotted back in the gym putting shots up when everyone else had left the facility, as noted by his girlfriend.
Russell was mired in an 11-of-41 slump from the field prior to his career-high explosion and will likely need to keep diligent at the gym to avoid such stretches in the future.
The young gun was a scorching 14-of-22 from the floor on Sunday night, including 7-of-12 from the great beyond, to go along with a game-high six assists.