Russell Westbrook struggled in a big way during Houston's 117-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday, shooting 4-of-15 from the field with just 10 points and seven turnovers.
After the contest, Westbrook was highly critical of his own play:
"It's on me," Westbrook added regarding his turnovers. "I don't point fingers at anybody else. I own my mistakes. I own what I do and that's that."
It wasn't all bad for Westbrook, who led all players with 13 rebounds and chipped in four assists. But it was mostly bad. He was 1-of-7 from three, 1-of-3 from the free-throw line and was the only Rockets starter to finish with a negative plus/minus (-14).
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Russell Westbrook had 7 turnovers tonight, which is the second time this postseason and 15th time in his playoff career with 7+ turnovers (since 2010). Only LeBron has as many playoff games with 7+ turnovers since then. The difference is LeBron has played 83 more playoff games.
Regardless, head coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters that Westbrook's minutes wouldn't be reduced going forward.
"We're not going to win anything without Russell," he said. "He's going to break through it. He's more upset than anybody. He's a great, great player. He'll be fine. Not worried about him."
Westbrook was much better in Game 1, scoring 24 points on 10-of-24 shooting from the field with nine boards and six assists. The concern is that turnovers (five), three-point shooting (1-of-5) and free-throw shooting (3-of-6) were also issues in that contest. In five postseason games, he now has 21 turnovers.
If the Rockets are going to upset the Lakers, he has to be better, full stop. He acknowledged as much Sunday night.