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Dan Woike on the Lakers: The chorus from the band Foreigner’s hit was sliced and cued up to play as soon as they announced Russell Westbrook’s name as the final player of the Lakers’ starting five.
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“You’re as cold as ice.”
They played it again when he tried to squeeze a layup between the rim and the backboard and again when he couldn’t drain the elbow jumper that he likes so much.
And they played it again when Westbrook missed a three-pointer that could’ve cut the lead to one.
Ice cold indeed, Westbrook going 2-for-14 in a 125-116 loss to the Kings in Sacramento.
With the Lakers pushing to get back in the game (a push driven by Westbrook’s offensive energy and passing), he took an ill-advised three and turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions to end the third quarter.
Those mistakes led to five-straight Sacramento points and that Lakers’ comeback being put back on ice.
But just like Westbrook has claimed that he can’t be judged solely on makes or misses, the Lakers have the tools to survive with one of their stars trying to thaw out. It’s just that it can’t happen like this, not with…