Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell has his goals to accomplish before this year's NBA season ends. The sophomore is eager to show competitiveness and lift his performance on the court. The Lakers have just nine more games left to play in the regular season. L.A. is on a record of 21 wins and 52 losses on the season, and won't be featuring in the upcoming postseason.

''Individually, I want to compete,'' Russell told reporters when asked what he wants to get out of the rest of the season. ''You know, take it to another level, these last nine games... get something out of that. I don't know, try to finish out...

I don't know, with a win... (with) as many wins as we can possibly get going to the summer.''

Russell hasn't played bad recently

Second overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft, D'Angelo Russell, has been performing just well for the Los Angeles Lakers recently. The 21-year-old has been averaging 18.5 points to go along with 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the last 10 games, reveals ESPN. His numbers have increased in the last five games, collecting 21.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. He had a memorable outing against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 19th, when he scored 40 points and dished out six assists.

The Lakers would like to build some momentum for the next season

Rookie center Ivica Zubac says the Los Angeles Lakers are not backing down from putting in the effort on a daily basis.

The L.A. team has no big expectations in terms of results for the rest of the season and its young players are getting some good minutes regularly. Drawing positives and learning from every of each nine games left would be a great thing for the team and its young core. The 20-year-old rookie out of Croatia gave a better insight of what the Lakers are trying to accomplish in the rest of the way.

''We are trying to mprove on everything,'' Zubac told reporters. ''As a team, we are trying to improve our defense, trying to get experience for (the) next season. We got to play good and translate it to the next season.''

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