He got a little carried away.
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He got a little carried away.
Russell Westbrook might be the MVP, but he still isn't the defender his unreal blend of physical gifts and maniacal intensity suggests. Case in point: E'Twaun Moore's game-winning jumper in the Chicago Bulls' 108-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Westbrook catches the ball below the opponent's free throw line and several feet behind Pau Gasol. He's past the Spanish superstar after one dribble, and ready to attack Tony Snell and Kirk Hinrch on the opposite three-point line following one more bounce. Russ gets his shoulder past Snell's with an easy easy hesitation dribble, then uses one more before exploding so quickly that Nikola Mirotic and Mike Dunleavy can't get effective contests.
Russell Westbrook scores a bunch of points in a mask and everyone starts wearing them, but the results are mixed.
Russell Westbrook is an extraterrestrial.
Russell Westbrook is back on the floor tonight following surgery for a fractured cheek. And though the Oklahoma City Thunder MVP candidate isn't wearing a mask befitting a favorite hip-hop emcee or literary phantom, the one he's donning is still pretty awesome.
Russell Westbrook's oft maniacal on-court antics will be even more fun to watch going forward. Upon his return to the court Wednesday following surgery to repair a cheek fracture, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar will wear a mask.
Russell Westbrook is a leading MVP candidate, and Kevin Durant is the award's reigning recipient. It's the tandem's combined dominance that has made the Oklahoma City Thunder a legitimate championship contender for nearly five seasons running.
Russell Westbrook had 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists in Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, notching his third consecutive triple-double. But instead of celebrating the relentless MVP candidate's typically dominant performance, the Oklahoma City Thunder are reeling – not just due to a 115-112 loss, but the potential for injury to its only healthy superstar.
The only thing that could possibly stop Russell Westbrook this season? Injuries. After the MVP candidate took a knee to the head late in last night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers that left a noticeable dent in his face, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Westbrook underwent a procedure to fix a cheek fracture and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Russ not being Russ, when he admits he was "actually shooting to much," in an overtime loss to the Suns last night.
Oh the hypocrisy.
Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double in just three quarters last night before OKC's subs drubbed the Pacers.
Scott Brooks' team has won seven straight games after defeating the Indiana Pacers tonight, strengthening its grip on the West's eighth and final playoff spot. The Thunder now lead the ninth-place New Orleans Pelicans by two and-a-half games in the standings, and are three full games up on the Phoenix Suns – whom they meet Thursday in the desert for a must-win game from the home squad.
On Sunday, Kobe Bryant spoke with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose about whether the Thunder are now Russell Westbrook's team. He largely ignores his parallels with Shaq.
With Kevin Durant out, Russell Westbrook took over, but with his passing. He had a career-high 17 dimes in a blowout win over the Nuggets.
Russell Westbrook picked up the second half of the regular season where he left Sunday's All-Star Game: dominating. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar had nine points – including this soaring two-handed ham – during a typically energetic first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, leading his team to a 25-19 lead.
Superstars played like it. Shots were blocked. Treys were drained. History was made. And a star was born. The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend from New York City enjoyed a plethora of memorable moments, but none stood out more to us than these five awesome showings.