Westbrook is both the only reason his team is in this game but also the reason his team is going to lose this game (self.nba)
Yes, he's got 47 but the dude is forcing shot after shot trying to draw foul after foul... At a certain point he's hurting his team down the stretch by forcing garbage shots and refusing to pass the ball.
4/18 in the fourth quarter....
Obviously he's the sole reason the Thunder are even in this game but something has to be said for his play down the stretch.
EDIT of the edits: the last points that I'll make here since this seems to be such a controversial post and I rustled a lot of jimmies.. Westbrook took 43 shots to get 51 points. He also took 18 free throws. Talk about a terribly inefficient game. He was 4/18 in the fourth quarter and refused to pass the ball down the stretch. Guys like McDermott were standing wide open in the corner but Westbrook wanted to take bad contested jumpers.. By the way, before you tell me McDermott sucks, he was 3/4 from behind the arc in this game. At a certain point, you have to give your teammates open looks. I'd rather have a wide open McDermott three than a terrible contested shot 8 possessions in a row by your bad jump shooting super star.
Westbrook had a great game passing the basketball too (in the first three quarters). Guess when the Thunder were playing their best? When Westbrook was getting his other guys involved. He completely went away from that in the fourth quarter and the game went from a back and forth 2-3 point game to a 10-12 point lead by the Rockets.
Russell Westbrook seems to be one of the few super stars of recent memory that gets a pass every time he makes poor decisions. It kind of boggles my mind. 43 shots to get 51 points? Like are you serious? Lmao WB shot his team right out of the game down the stretch but hey I guess that's just too bad
OH AND A BONUS FOR YA? CHECK OUT THIS WORLD CLASS DEFENSE Dude didn't play a lick of defense on Beverly in the fourth. WB so used to trying to get the rebound so he can get triple doubles lmao just sad
[–]Ayyylmaowhat 1608 指標 12小時前
My mom: "Westbrook is shooting in despair"
[–]Timberwolvescjsplash[S] 195 指標 12小時前
Your mom is a smart lady
[–]Ayyylmaowhat 211 指標 12小時前
She also said "no not in desperation, in despair" when I asked for clarification
[–]ClippersTestFixation 142 指標 11小時前
Desperation is the Lakers needing a top 3 pick in order to keep it.
Despair is the Nets already having traded it away.
[–]WarriorsPunchyMcFisticuffs 30 指標 10小時前
Desperation is when you're about to lose so you do anything you can to stay alive.
Despair is when you already know you're dead. He might still be fighting but he doesn't think he can win.
[–][GSW] Zaza PachuliaDisgruntledAlpaca 69 指標 12小時前
If anything, it demonstrates the issue. Since the entire offense is Rus controlled, the moment he's off the court the engine is gone.
[–]ironflagNZ 26 指標 8小時前
It makes sense, a lot of the guys looked scared to take good Shots. The only people aren't are Gibson (vet and new to the team) and Kanter (only other person who can create and knows he has a green light).... Kinda makes sense.
Adams never looks like he wants to score, Dipo has been Beta all year.
[–]HeatACNL 140 指標 10小時前
hell yeah it did. ffs the coach (whoever is fking leading that team, god knows if someone is actually steering or if westbrook is the real bus driver) needs to just look at what happened when he sat westbrook. THE TEAM COLLAPSED cuz they were not used to playing without westbrook. ERROR 404 POPPED UP IN ALL THEIR HEADS. saddest thing I have ever seen.
[–][CLE] Kevin LoveThat_Ohio_Guy 830 指標 12小時前
Story of their season
[–][MIA] Harold Minerparadoxofchoice 521 指標 12小時前
story of his career. he is the double edged sword.
[–]Rocketslovetape 1044 指標 12小時前
you could say...
he's a Tripple-Double Edged Sword
[–]Rockets Bandwagonbuddha_abusa 76 指標 11小時前
Russell Westbrook: The cause of, and solution to, all of the Thunder's problems.
[–]ThunderIsntmatt 569 指標 12小時前
You could see he was pissed when he went to the bench and they lost the 12 point lead in 60 seconds.
[–]CavaliersDeanBlandino 413 指標 11小時前
They probably forgot how to play basketball after standing around all season watching him do shit. He does not improve his teammates at all. Just look at the 4th quarter... he was atrocious and still wouldn't let them shoot. Any player on OKC could have shot better than him in the 4th and they would have won.
[–]thou_shalt_wander 171 指標 11小時前
Twice he shot contested threes when McDermott was standing wide open
[–]RocketsHyperactivity786 100 指標 12小時前
Westbrook was playing crazy good early in the game as a facilitator.
Not even joking, the lineups with Westbrook on them, when he was focusing on passing the ball, had been so fucking deadly at the beginning of the game. He had 10 assists at the half
[–]Spursnoj776 92 指標 9小時前
And 3 the rest of the game. Thats the EXACT problem. He stopped being a facilitator and decided to play hero ball. No one on that team is going to tell him no, and no one on that team trusts themselves because their superstar doesnt trust them.
[–]Warriorssobizzle 62 指標 7小時前
Almost like he got the double digit assists and rebounds and then said "now I just keep shooting and we win"
[–]RocketsHyperactivity786 20 指標 9小時前
Dude, I was so fucking scared that first half. So fucking scared. He was passing like Harden at his best, getting EVERYONE involved, etc.
[–]Knicks Bandwagonarvs17 32 指標 6小時前
That's the difference between them to be honest. Harden sure takes control when crunch time but he still makes the right play. Lets say you swap Harden with Westbrook, Harden will definitely pass to the open McDermott rather than forcing a contested shot.
[–]NBAFuck-The-Modz 200 指標 12小時前
Live by the Bestbrook, die by the Westbrick
[–][GSW] Chris Mullintemp_achil 87 指標 10小時前
If you can't handle him at his worstbrook, you don't deserve him at his bestbrook.
[–]OKC HornetsFuzzCuz 579 指標 12小時前
Did you see what happened when he was on the bench? The team can't do anything offensively when he isn't on the court.
[–]HeatDolfanz019 443 指標 12小時前
Westbrook left the game for like a minute & the Rockets go on a 7-0 run right away lol. You could see Westbrook saying "put me back in" angry as hell
[–]Thunder BandwagonDongsquad420BlazeIt 239 指標 12小時前
He was +11 in 41 minutes. I feel so sorry for him.
[–]MavericksDouchebag_Dave 133 指標 10小時前*
Gibson and Adams were +17 and +18. I think the main reason for them being down wasn't Westbrook going off, but their horrible big man rotation (their second unit sucks).
edit: And that they have no play maker for the second unit. And I just realized Kanter played only 7 mins among other coaching mistakes. Poor OKC.
[–]ThunderFuckingLoveArborDay 119 指標 10小時前
Kanter basically can't play when Harden's on the floor. Houston is too good at getting Harden into 1-on-1 matchups with Kanter.
[–][PHI] Jumaine Jonesronaldo119 59 指標 10小時前
Yea we literally saw it last game Billy Donovan said "Kanter can't be out there" after like the 5th time in a row he got roasted
[–]Raptorspkthunderous 307 指標 12小時前
just because they're bad when hes off the court, doesnt mean when hes on the court he needs to take every shot.
look at the shooting percentages of their players this game, they're mostly decent. when westbrook is off the court, its more that they cant get good looks. so when westbrook is on the court, as their point guard he should be getting those good looks for his teammates and not just him shooting.
[–]Rocketsitsbarron 255 指標 12小時前
I wouldnt say he was the reason they lost. he just couldn't close it out
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrookbrooke_davis 170 指標 12小時前
it's amazing how most rockets fans seem to be the only ppl to understand that this loss wasn't on russ.
[–]HeatCrashoff 129 指標 12小時前
Cause they're about the only other people on here who actually watched the game..
[–]Rocketshyakubi205 115 指標 12小時前
I was just about ready to throw my phone at the wall when he had that long ass stretch where he just made every single mid range jumper
[–]RocketsCrazM 63 指標 12小時前
Because we saw this with Harden pre Dwight. Took Harden a while to stop playing heroball and freezing everyone out in the fourth.
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrooksir_alvarex 17 指標 11小時前
It's about having a 2nd and 3rd option you know you can trust. Plus extra spacing.
I think the Thunder will get there. Just hope it's within 2 seasons.