Apr 19, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play in action against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Russell Westbrook is really fast (GIF)


Although he has suffered through knee injuries over the last two seasons, including one in the 2013 postseason that caused him miss the Thunder’s entire second round series against their current playoff opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 (a series the Grizzlies wound up winning in five games), point guard Russell Westbrook does not look like he has lost a step athletically.

Until you see Westbrook jump or run coast-to-coast for a layup, it is hard to appreciate what kind of athlete he really is. On Monday, Westbrook has shown off his skill on several different occasions.  On one particular play, Westbrook takes a pass from Thunder forward Kevin Durant at half court and explodes by Grizzlies’ point guard Mike Conley (and everyone else, too) to get to the rim and finish with a layup.

GIF: There's fast. And then there's Russell Westbrook. on Twitpic

Although the Grizzlies have built an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, Westbrook has had a huge day. He has 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

(Thanks to @JDonSports)

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