Russell Westbrook notches his 9th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruise past the Atlanta Hawks.
Kevin Durant has been sidelined for 45 games this season, causing the Oklahoma City Thunder to suffer the consequences, posting their worst record since the 2008-09 season. But one man who has not slowed down at all because of the injury has been No. 2 guy on the Thunder, Russell Westbrook. He posted his 9th triple double of the season this evening, scoring 36 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 14 assists against the Atlanta Hawks, 123-115.
His monstrous game didn’t come against a scrub team either. The Hawks have the second best record in the NBA this season, and are typically pretty good at slowing down people in the scoring category. But like so many others this season, they could not contain Westbrook.
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Russell Westbrook is attempting to single-handedly push OKC to a playoff berth in the West. They have won four of the last five games, placing them at the No. 8 seed currently in the Western Conference. But despite all this momentum they have been gaining lately, they might be missing their best player for the rest of the year. Apparently, Kevin Durant might be shut down according to their GM, Sam Presti. A huge deficit to the Thunder’s roster. Their playoff chances immediately plummet with Durant out of the lineup.
Either way, Westbrook’s numbers he has been putting up this year are beyond impressive. He is currently in the running for the MVP this year. Something that would help his case even further is if he lands the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs. With just over four weeks remaining in the regular season, it will be interesting to see what the Thunder can do with Russell Westbrook playing at such a high level.
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