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NBC Sports Boston can’t help but troll Lakers, Westbrook after Celtics win

Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before a game against the Boston Celtics on November 19, 2021 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Dennis Schroder played the point for the Lakers last season but never quite found a groove in Frank Vogel’s system or playing off LeBron James. Then there was the whole turning down an $84 million extension from Los Angeles only to sign a one-year offer from Boston this offseason for $5.9 million. Meanwhile, the Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook and his massive contract to take over at the point.

Friday night, the Lakers and Celtics played and here were the stat lines:

Schroder: 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, +12
Westbrook: 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, -12

NBC Sports Boston did a walk-off interview with Schroder and couldn’t resist trolling Westbrook and the Lakers in the chyron.

Well played.

There has been a lot of schadenfreude from fans around the league watching former Lakers thrive elsewhere: Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball are starting and are key reasons Chicago is 11-5; meanwhile, Montrezl Harrell is putting up Sixth Man of the Year numbers again and he, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma are critical to the Wizards 10-5 start.

It’s too early to write the Lakers off (LeBron James just returned from injury), but the early returns on the Lakers’ offseason have not been impressive.