3-point shooting sinks Lakers again; Russell Westbrook benched late

LOS ANGELES — Lakers coach Darvin Ham benched Russell Westbrook for the final three possessions of L.A.’s 106-104 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, and Ham was unflinching when asked if he’d have to manage any fallout with the point guard from his decision.

“We don’t have time for feelings or people being in their feelings. Like, we’re trying to turn this thing around,” Ham said after the Blazers’ win dropped the Lakers to 0-3 on the season. “For one person to be in their feelings about when and where and how they should be in the game, I don’t have any time for that.”

Westbrook, who finished with 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and zero turnovers, had been subbed back into the game by Ham with 4:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers leading by eight. Over the next four and a half minutes, Portland outscored L.A. by 10 before Ham pulled Westbrook with 12.4 seconds left.

L.A. struggled as a team down the stretch, shooting 3-for-9 overall and 0-for-4 from 3 — contributing to a 6-for-33 day from the outside (18.2%) that brought the Lakers’ season total to 25-for-118 on 3-pointers.

One of those misses came from Westbrook with 27.3 seconds remaining in the game and 18 seconds left on the shot clock. With L.A. holding a 102-101 lead, he missed a 15-foot pull-up jumper that Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic almost invited him to shoot by giving him space with his defense.

“Putting him on Russ, we were just going to kind of play off of R