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Lakers Coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to keep shooting despite recent slump

Lakers Coach Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to keep shooting despite recent slump

Even when he hasn’t shot well, D’Angelo Russell’s overall play has impressed Lakers Coach Luke Walton this month.

That changed a little bit on Saturday in the Lakers’ 113-97 loss to the Clippers.

“I told him he’s been magnificent for us this whole month,” Walton said. “Tonight I didn’t think he had that same bounce in his step. … We need him to be more aggressive and be the player that we all know he is, that he’s capable of being. We’ve seen it for most of this month.”

Walton’s public evaluation of Russell hasn’t depended on how well he shoots. But...

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