In Tuesday night’s 92-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Lakers coach Byron Scott decided to bench rookie D’Angelo Russell.

“I saw the last couple minutes that he was in that he was really trying to take over the game, and that’s not him yet. I want the ball to move a little bit. I thought it stuck with him. He tried to make the big shots and things like that. I understand that, but to me, that’s not him right now.” 

Russell played only 24 minutes in the game and shot 4-12 with 12 points and zero assists. Russell spoke about his feelings on the situation, saying he felt that “everyone was trying to take over.” 

Russell’s play has improved a lot since the beginning of the season. For the first couple months, he looked lost. He seems a lot more comfortable, especially as of late, and Scott “loves the confidence.”

The Lakers are still miserably bad, possessing a record of 9-38 overall, and 1-9 in their last ten. Over those ten games, however, Russell is averaging over 14 points per game, shooting 50% from the field, and has scored in double-figures in all but one game. 

Los Angeles’ next game is Thursday, Jan. 28th, against the Bulls at the Staples Center.

First reported by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes

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