Friday night's game against the Pelicans officially snapped the LA Clippers' three-game win streak, bringing them back down to earth after going 10 days without a loss. The Clippers now sit at 6-8 overall and 11th place in the Western Conference.
Russell Westbrook had a particularly difficult outing offensively versus New Orleans. Playing the fourth-lowest minute total of his entire career with 14, Westbrook shot 1-for-8 from the floor and finished with just three points.
After the game, Westbrook chose not to speak to members of the media, which was concerning to some fans.
Russell Westbrook opted not to speak with media after his rough performance
It is worth noting that the previous three times Westbrook played fewer minutes than he did on Friday night were all related to injury management or preparation for the playoffs. In Friday's game, Westbrook simply played less minutes as a result of coaching decisions and continuing to adjust to his role coming off the bench.
It appears Westbrook did not care to speak with the media about his rough performance after the game ended. An understandable move, given some of the disingenuous narratives some have tried to craft around Westbrook in the past.
The Clippers are also playing on the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday, so it makes sense if Westbrook wanted to get home to rest up for a quick turnaround. Even so, some will choose to see this as a cowardly decision.
Russell Westbrook is going to have good and bad performances as he settles into his new role. The important thing is to not get too high or too low, which is something he has likely mastered at this point in his career.
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