MIAMI -- Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, spent the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 101-88 loss to the Miami Heat here on the bench. It marked the third fourth quarter in seven games that Russell hasn't played in.
When Russell checked out with 4:52 left in the third quarter and was replaced by veteran guard Louis Williams, the Heat led, 63-60. However, the game quickly got out of control in the fourth quarter, with the Heat leading by as much as 18.
Scott said because the score became so lopsided, "I didn't really think about bringing [Russell] back at that time."
It marked a far different approach from previous games, when Scott has favored playing Williams late in games because the score was relatively close and Scott has said he prefers Williams' experience during those stretches in games.
Russell said he wasn't sure why he was benched late in a game again.
"I don’t know," he said. "I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing wrong so I can correct it."
Did Scott provide any explanation?
"No," Russell said.
Russell added, "You’ve got to get better on each read and I guess that’s my problem. I try to force it, trying to get the ball to guys."
Russell finished with four points, four assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes, the fewest amount of playing time for any Lakers starter. He made 2 of 6 shots from the field and had two turnovers.
Williams played 26 minutes, notching 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
How's Russell's confidence?
"Through the roof -- in space somewhere," said the 19-year-old former Ohio State standout.