‘Bullshi**ing Around’- Russell Westbrook Takes Blame for Washington Wizards’ Second Consecutive Loss

Published 12/27/2020, 9:00 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after assisting on a three point score against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Westbrook seems to be right at home in Washington. The former MVP has opened his career as a Wizard with consecutive triple-doubles. However, those triple-doubles have come in the middle of consecutive losses. After a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers for their season opener, the Wizards fell to 0-2 with a loss at the hands of the Orlando Magic.

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Russ has taken responsibility for the loss publicly, saying he was not taking the game seriously enough while playing it this time.

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“I don’t know for them, I know for us. We didn’t put ourselves in a position to win the game, especially myself. Got to do a better job just sticking with it. That starts with me. This one on me though, bullshi**ing around, missing easy shots. You know? It was nothing that they did.”

Russ had made a stink about the praise around his triple-double even during Wizards’ first loss to Philly. He is showing leadership quality by holding himself accountable for these losses, and hopefully, the team only gets better from here.

Russell Westbrook: Setting an example of himself

Players exude true leadership when they push themselves before anyone else. Rather than blaming the losses on a number of things that actually went wrong, Brodie took the blame upon himself.

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While his shot-selection and efficiency were definitely a part of the problem, there was no compulsion for Russell Westbrook to take the blame.

Dec 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) stands on the court with Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Orlando Magic in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

One has to feel for Bradley Beal who saw his near 40-point outing muddled by the Magic. Westbrook scoring under 20 points was a big reason why the team lost, and it is good to see him take the responsibility for it.

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He already set a precedent with the Philly loss in which he was hard on himself for not being able to pull the team through, even though they lost that match due to a poor defensive rotation. This is how a leader should act, and hopefully, the Wizards can rally and turn this around before they are in a bigger hole.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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