In the first four games of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs guarded Russell Westbrook with Tony Parker, soon realizing that wasn’t working. So coming into Game 5, they decided to switch their best perimeter defender in Kawhi Leonard onto the volatile point guard hoping to make a difference.
With plays such as this, Russell Westbrook is making sure the argument for “Most Athletic Point Guard” isn’t a debate anymore. We’ve seen point guards who have been strong, fast, explosive, but never in one player such as Westbrook.
Westbrook has been absolutely dominating since Game 6 of the opening round against the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s always played at this level in spurts throughout his career, but for the first time, Westbrook is finally putting it together, playing at a high level on a nightly basis. In 17 games played, Westbrook is averaging 26.6 points (a playoff career high) on 42 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game, posting a Player Efficiency Rating of 24.6.
As he continues to play like this, it’s hard to remember that Westbrook has had two surgeries on his knees dating back to last years playoffs. Outside of the usual rust that comes from missing games, Westbrook’s on-the-court play has been nearly unaffected by injuries.
Westbrook currently has 6 points on 2-of-3 shooting, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists as the game is tied 35-35 in the second quarter.