The Los Angeles Lakers are not having the season they wanted. They are currently 15th in the Western Conference with a record of 20-50. Though struggling as an organization, the team has a young core with a bright future. One of the leaders of their young squad is point guard D'Angelo Russell, and he went off Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers lost 125-120, but Russell had a career night. The 21-year-old became the youngest player in franchise history to score 40 points in a game. He shot 14-of-22 from the field, 7-of-12 from deep and had six assists to add to his excellent shooting performance.
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After a great game like that, one could assume that Russell would want to relax and take the rest of the night off. But that's not what the 6-foot-5 guard did. Russell went straight to the gym to work on his shot. A friend of his posted his picture on Instagram and captioned it "Hardest worker I know." You can see Russell in an empty gym getting work in.
That's exactly the kind of drive the Lakers need if they want to turn their organization around. In 27 minutes a game, Russell is averaging 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds a game. Check out the highlights from the game below.