Westbrook clinches triple-double average for season
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 2:45
Russell Westbrook is having one of the best seasons that anyone has had in professional basketball ever. The Oklahoma City Thunder have the ninth-quickest pace (97.8) mostly because of Westbrook, but the fact that he's been able to reign in a triple-double for the season is staggering because of his low-minutes allocation.
The pass leading into an Oladipo make turned what could have been a forgettable game into a festively weird one with footnotes. I totally respect Russell. You can't discredit what he's been doing.
Of averaging a triple-double for the season, Westbrook said, "You could never say in a million years that I would think that was even possible".
More than one point guard in the matchup has experienced success of late. "So I take that personal". Alex Abrines is out tomorrow while Andre Roberson is questionable with a sore knee but I'm sticking with the Thunder to get the win and cover in this one. "It was basically like an away game".
The Suns added to the hilarity of the situation by actively trying to make sure Westbrook wouldn't get the record against them.
With the Thunder mounting a comeback-they trimmed a 28-point deficit to 12 after a Taj Gibson layup at the 3:39 mark of the third quarter-the Suns responded with a 13-2 close to the period and took a 95-72 lead into the fourth quarter.
That's not to downplay Robertson's achievement, but the Royals had other guys to go to if he wasn't playing well and that's a luxury the Thunder don't have. That's when the Suns intentionally fouled the Thunder guard to send him to the free throw line.
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Were all the Suns focused on that?
Devin Booker was a part of history himself earlier this season, when he scored 70 points against the Celtics in Boston. "We don't want that to happen on us".
"I want to see him reach history", Booker said. It was just another night to prove what basketball have proven in recent weeks: Westbrook has usurped the NBA narrative.
The Suns ended a 13-game losing streak with the win. "I know what's at stake right now with history".
Russell Westbrook has been in basically a two-man race for NBA MVP with James Harden all season long. Westbrook said after spending nearly an hour working on his shot in Phoenix's practice gym after his poor shooting performance. Shelbourne. Spears. Elhassan. Shelly Smith. The teams above them all cracked 125, and 10 players averaged more than 40 minutes a game.
The Detroit Pistons gave some of their young and seldom-used players a chance to play Friday night, and it helped them beat the Houston Rockets.
Is Devin Booker mad that local fans were cheering so hard for Russ? Like I said, I'm a competitor. "Because it's kinda on us this year". We've seen how the playoffs go with no Conley (2016) and a 50% Conley with a broken face (2015) and with a hobbled Gasol (2014).