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Russ Westbrook rolled up to the home gym last night to do one thing: Clean. The. Glass.

April 12, 2018 - 11:56 am
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Russ Westbrook rolled up to the home gym last night to do one thing: Clean. The. Glass. And by clean the glass, I do mean wax, polish, sparkle, and inhale the glass. Dude came into the 82nd game needing 16 boards to average his second consecutive triple-double season and it took him all of 22 minutes to do exactly that.

Congrats, Brodie. Another Helluva year. And no one can take it away from you no matter how bad so many of these haters want to right now. Last year this dude was a runway MVP putting on a historic show chasing down the Big O. 12 months later, to those same people, he’s some stat-padding villain pulling a cheap trick. Check Twitter right now. You can’t scroll an inch without reading some lava take about how Russ steals boards from his teammates or how he has no business as a guard being down low hoarding all the glass.

Sure, the stat line from last night is a little whack: 6 points, 19 assists, 20 boards. And by a little whack—I mean it looks like John Stockton and Dennis Rodman had a kid and the kid can’t shoot. But here’s something all you tools need to remember: It’s an 82 game season. Not a one night carnival. Notice how not one of the other 400 guys in the league had a chance to notch a triple-double average on the season last night? Notice how Russ was the only dude who came into game 82 with a chance to do that? That’s because he’s been balling out all season. He put himself in that position. And it’s not his fault the first time you checked in on him was last night. That’s on you. 

But if you’re still throwing shade—and still saying his boards have been cheap all year—then maybe you don’t understand the kind of ball OKC is trying to play. Bill Donovan is on record numerous times talking about the advantage of having your best ball handler and fastest guy being the dude who starts off a transition possession by pulling down a defensive rebound. So maybe Russ’s teammates aren’t getting robbed. Maybe it’s just part of the game plan that has won this team 95 games over the last two seasons? 

But if you think Brodie hasn’t been hearing this noise and if you think Brodie doesn’t have a little something for it—then you don’t know Brodie. Check this dude yesterday before the game: "A lot of people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds. If people could get 20 rebounds every night, they would. If people could get 15 rebounds, they would. People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is. Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm tired of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s---. I take pride in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball faster than someone else gets to it. That's what it is. If you don't want it, I'm gonna get it. Simple as that."

Bro, you don’t need to tell me. But I’m glad you told everyone else. Because going to back-to-back with something that hadn’t been done since the 60’s is nothing short of absolutely incredible. And I’m not here for the shade. I’m here for the shine. 

You do you, Russ. Keep glassing fools. 

And make sure you take this opportunity to apologize--the absolutely nobody.