“Trade Russ” Trends on Twitter After Lakers Fourth Quarter Collapse vs Grizzlies

Published 12/30/2021, 1:33 AM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies with a score of 104-99. The Lakers carried the game pretty well for three and a half quarters, but after that, it was not in their hands. In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant delivered a marvelous performance. The problem is that Lakers are short-handed, so they have to work with new players after following NBA health and safety protocols.

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However, LeBron James had another game where he scored thirty-plus points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double. Russell made a mistake during the game, which caused many people to tweet the hashtag “Trade Russell“, which is currently trending.

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Russell Westbrook missed another opportunity for the Lakers to tie-up

The Lakers had a chance to tie up the game in the final second as they averaged 16 points in the final 12 minutes. The collapse was embarrassing as Russell had yet again made a mistake that caught everyone’s attention. The same thing happened in the fourth quarter – he missed an open lay-up in transition. In addition to his misfire, he missed a shot from a bad angle in the first half.

This was accompanied by a sloppy defense. All of this took place in the same game.

In his triple-double, Westbrook scored 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds in this match. Due to the various mistakes, the team lost another opportunity to tie the game up.

October 14, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the basketball against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The first game for Morant against the Lakers saw him score 41 points, while the newcomer Stanley Johnson also made a great first impression on the Lakers, disrupting passes and helping clog the paint on defense.

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In spite of the new players doing their best, it seems that fans were expecting so much from Russell. However, his performance has resulted in a lot of missed shots and people have started to question his abilities. 

Oct 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) watch game action against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s clear from Twitter how much Russell’s poor performance affected the fans. We would love to hear your thoughts on Westbrook’s last game with the Grizzlies.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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