D’Angelo Russell erupts for 33 points against the Nuggets
After his “average” performance during his team’s first preseason game, Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell has bounced back with two standout performances in a row, finishing with 21 points on Friday and 33 points on Sunday night, both against the Denver Nuggets.
The second-year player showcased his repertoire of moves by scoring in a variety of ways. He finished the game with a very efficient 13-of-19 from the field, including four three-pointers.
During a post-game interview with Serena Winters of LakersNation.com, the 20-year-old discussed how his approach has changed after having one season under his belt.
“I told myself going into this year, everything is going to have a business-like approach to it. Every weight I lift, every practice, every shot I shoot is going to have a business like approach instead of a 19-year old kid approach to it. I know what I want to be in this league.”
The team’s head coach, Luke Walton, was left impressed with the development the Ohio State product has had in his game. The 36-year-old bench tactician also mentioned that even if he may not know what exactly Russell’s motivation is for putting in a lot of work, he hopes to see his starting point guard continue with it throughout the course of the season.