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Lakers Advance to Western Semifinals, Russell drops 31 Points

Lakers Advance to Western Semifinals, Russell drops 31 Points

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Lakers Advance to Western Semifinals, Russell drops 31 Points

Game 6 Lakers beat Grizzlies by 40 advancing to second round.

In Game 6 on Friday night, D’Angelo Russell led the Los Angeles Lakers on their home court to a dominant 125-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, scoring a career playoff-high of 31 points. With this win, the Lakers successfully completed their first-round upset of the Grizzlies.

During post game interviews Russell made the following comments: “Shots were just falling, honestly,” Russell said. “We were getting it done on defense. Getting out. Getting easy ones. We got off to a great start and never allowed them to get back into it. So, for our group, for our starting five to lock into the game plan and to give us some cushion. Our second group came in and did their thing, and we came back out and finished it.”

D’Angelo Russell was born on February 23, 1996, in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in Louisville and then in Montverde, Florida.

Russell started playing basketball at a young age and quickly showed promise as a talented player. He attended Montverde Academy, a prestigious prep school in Florida, where he continued to hone his skills on the court.

After graduating from Montverde Academy, Russell attended Ohio State University, where he played college basketball for one year. During his freshman season, he averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game and was named a consensus first-team All-American.

In 2015, Russell declared for the NBA draft and was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. He had an impressive rookie season, averaging 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game and being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

In 2017, Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, where he played for two seasons. During his time with the Nets, he continued to develop as a player, averaging a career-high 21.1 points per game in the 2018-19 season.

In 2019, Russell was traded again, this time to the Golden State Warriors. He played one season with the Warriors before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020.  Early February, 2023, D’Angelo Russell was part of a three-team trade that involved Russell Westbrook and Mike Conley, ultimately landing him back with the Lakers. Having already played with basketball legends such as Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry during his eight-year career, Russell is now set to share the court with LeBron James. This opportunity to play alongside all-time greats is a valuable experience for the talented point guard.

Throughout his NBA career, Russell has established himself as a talented scorer and playmaker on the court. He has been named an NBA All-Star once and has averaged 17.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game as of the end of the 2020-21 NBA season.

This win was a milestone as for the past 11 years, the Los Angeles Lakers had not won a playoff series outside of the Florida bubble. Its been a difficult drought to overcome for the 17-time champion franchise and their fans who have become accustomed to excellence.

For the second round Western semifinals, the Lakers will face the winner of the Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors series.

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