Four straight Triple Doubles. The latest after Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to an overtime win over old coach Scott Brooks and the Washington Wizards — who had Westbrook shut down for the first 47 minutes of the game until he caught fire, draining a 3 pointer with just 8.5 seconds left to get the game to overtime — where he scored 14 more to help the Thunder run away with the win.
That’s four-straight Triple Doubles — a stat-line he’s AVERAGING as the calendar turns to December, the first NBA player to do that since Oscar Robertson, the Big O. And while Thunder fans are still pissed at Kevin Durant for heading West, I’ll say it: This is WAY better.
Durant and Westbrook were the best duo in the NBA. But Solo Tour Russ? I’m all in.
We’re getting the chance to watch one of basketball’s freakiest athletes’ play out the prime of his career with all the ammo you’d ever want. Because Westbrook’s on a mission. And while everybody else can talk about the flaws of his team and how they might just be a middle-of-the-pack playoff team in the West, I don’t really care: Give me Russ and get the hell out of the way.
So far he’s averaging 2 more made FG’s a game and 6 more shots. Fine by me. His boards are up to a ridiculous 10.5 a night — crazy when you consider he’s a 6’3″ point guard. And he’s averaging 11.3 dimes a night — the catalyst for the offense whether he’s distributing, creating or cleaning up the mess.
Last year, Westbrook had the most triple-doubles in 1 season — 18 — since Magic in 1981-82. He’s HALF WAY THERE and its December 1.
And if case you’re wondering if his teammates have a problem with this team running straight through Russ, check that — here’s Vic Oladipo: “I’ll be out there and some of the things he does are unreal, bro.”
Move over Mamba. Russ is gunning for you. And while OKC might not have the juice to get back to the conference finals and make a run at the title, are YOU the one who’s going to tell that to Russ?