Shabazz Napier is supremely confident in his ability to score. On Saturday night, that turned into a rather glaring liability, because Napier could not throw a rock in the ocean without clanking it off the beach.
Napier had a team-high 13 shot attempts and made just two. That included a team-high seven attempts from 3-point range, of which he made exactly one.
He did create some offense for teammates with three assists and was a pest defensively with three steals, but there is a fundamental lesson that is often lost on Napier — on nights when you don’t have your shot falling, stop shooting.
D’Angelo Russell looked exactly like a guy who played 45 minutes the night before. He was a bit heavy-legged, which resulted in him having trouble getting his legs underneath him on his jumper and on drive attempts.
He did do a nice job passing the ball, but that was the extent of his offensive contributions. He wasn’t aggressively looking to create his own shot and was off the mark regularly when he did fire it up there.