RUSSELL WESTBROOK: I GIVE WESTBROOK CREDIT
I have changed my opinion of Russell Westbrook from not favorable to favorable not in a win but in a loss to the Houston Rockets . I think I understand how to see what he brings to the game. It is more than just stats. He is doing the best he can with what he has to win the game. Though I still do not think he is the MVP that goes a long way for any player on any team.
He finished with 51 pts 10 Rebounds and 13 Assist on 17/43 shooting. Which really does not tell the story most of his missed shots were in an drowning attempt to bring his struggling team back from a Houston run that proved to be too much for his less talented team.
Like a Pro Bowl Quarterback throwing 3 interceptions in a half trying to do too much with too little. Russell Westbrook was trying to get his teammates involved but they did not have what it took too help him out.
MY CHANGE OF ATTITUDE ON WESTBROOK’S GAME
I will be honest I have not been very interested in watching NBA basketball this year . I have just started tuning in for the playoffs. I have not been a big fan of Russell Westbrook ‘s basketball game. I thought he was too much of a ball hog and too selfish of a player.
While that may be true while watching him last night play against the Houston Rockets almost single handedly leading his team to a victory over a team that is much better than his talent wise. I gave him a break my judgement on his demeanor and behavior on the court.
I am reassing how I feel about him as a player and changing my attitude on whether or not this year was as super great as some people are hailing it as.
RUSSELL WESTBROOKS EFFICIENCY IN A BIG GAME
For 3 quarters Russell Westbrook was on fire. Hitting almost 50% of his shots and scoring 36 points 10 rebounds and 9 assist . Giving his team the lead by as much as 12 points late into the game . The Thunder lost the lead when he went to the bench for a breather in the 4th quarter.
Then you saw him really pressing under the pressure and possibly the fatigue of not just the game but the whole season being the best option and only viable option on the whole team that creates his own shot. In the 4th quarter he was 4-18 from the field including 1-7 from 3pt Range .
The fact that Russell came through so big in this big game in the playoffs against a much better team is the reason why I upgrade my opinion of Russell Westbrook.
COLIN COWHERD ON RUSSELL WESTBROOK
I listen to Colin Cowherd’s show 3 to 4 times a week. He has been going in on Russell Westbrook and I have been loving it loll. He points out that Russell has shot about 400 more shots than anyone else in the NBA. That is an outrageous stat to me being that he is about a 43% shooter. Not very efficient.
But seeing him actually play with his team I see why he has to shoot so many shots in certain games. His team has the best chance to win when he is putting the ball up.
So I think Colin is totally wrong in his assessment of Russell.
Except one point. Maybe Russell could trust his teammates more and give them a chance to grow more in the offense. But if he did I think that they would not be in the playoffs perhaps. That takes time and pain.
Russell is trying to win every game. For that I give him great credit!!!
I DON ‘T LIKE BEING A WESTBROOK HATER
I don’t like being a Westbrook hater. I feel better now that I can appreciate him and his game and not think the worst of him. Coming off a ill timed quote of him saying ” The basketball is my best friend on the court ” I don’t have any friends on the court. It gave me reasons not to like him even more.
But after the great game last night I give him a bunch of credit and see things differently.