Anthony Davis started the action by taking on Jonas Valanciunas in the bottom circle. Russell Westbrook inherited leather to launch the transfer and put the same “AD” in orbit in the “alley-oop”. So Russ put his fingers around his eyes as imaginary glasses, as if supporting his vision in the game.
A few possessions earlier, he had distributed a one-handed pass marvel, left, to a Troy Brown Jr. cutting in the circle in the semi-transition. Returning to his bench, the point guard enthusiastically applauded Darvin Ham’s hand. Over-motivated, very excited.
The former MVP showed his best face tonight against the Pelicans. Again used as the 6th man, he made a remarkable entry into the game in the first innings. Especially in the second quarter, where the Californians increased the gap to 12-0.
“ We were dragged through the mud earlier in the game. He came in and gave us a lot of help. He really put his stamp on the game, in a positive and productive way “Darvin Ham qualifies, whose replacement point guard LeBron James combined well in several sequences.
“Phenomenal” for three games
We remember his 3-point in the “catch-and-shoot” in the corner and his finish in the circle in transition – validated after an illegal counter by Zion Williamson – after two caviars from the “King”. The latter was rewarded by his leader with a pass down after a pick-and-roll that ended with a big dunk, without much opposition from the Pelicans.
In 25 minutes of play, the leader accumulated 13 points (6/10 on shots including 1/4 from distance), 9 assists and 7 rebounds. ” Trust me, Russ had one hell of a game. In the last three games, he has been phenomenal “, His coach continued in reference to the player’s change of status, from holder to 6th man.
He started with an 18-point match (6/17) on the Wolves floor, then a more convincing outing against the Nuggets (18 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and most importantly +18 during the game).
That was all it took for Darvin Ham to confess: ” One of my goals, personally, is to bring him into the conversation for the 6th Man of the Year trophy at some point. And why not start now? »
Do risk taking
After just seven games played, it’s too early to start this conversation, which could help Russell Westbrook better embrace his new role. But the “intent” shown, despite the possible rotation changes mentioned by the coach, indicates that the leader is on track to occupy this role for a while.
The person concerned is not asked about these prospects. In a quick press conference, he finally let it go: ” I’m just trying to be myself, to have an impact on both sides of the pitch, to defend at a high level and do what I do best with the ball in hand. »
Too bad the bullet lost – six that night – still under there. That doesn’t worry Darvin Ham.
” I told him I like his energy, his aggressiveness and that I don’t care about ‘losing balls in profitable risk taking’. He tries to do things right, exactly what I ask of the team. Missed shots, bad passes… It doesn’t matter, you have to think about the next action. When this is not the case, this action from which you are not recovering mentally can generate three or four more bad actions. So I encourage him and tell him not to worry about it and think about what’s next. graduate technician.
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