On October 29th, Beijing time, in the NBA regular season, the Lakers played against the Timberwolves away. The Lakers officially announced the bench lineup for this game, and Russell Westbrook confirmed that he will play as a substitute.
According to statistics, the last time Westbrook played off the bench was 5,082 days ago, in the 17th game of his rookie season, against the Timberwolves. In that game, Westbrook played 25 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Since that game, Westbrook has not come off the bench again and has made 1,007 consecutive starts, the third longest among active players in the league, behind only Chris Paul and LeBron James.
The Lakers suffered a four-game losing streak in the new season, and they plan to use Westbrook as a substitute to seek change.
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