It really didn’t take long to see the change in the Thunder. First possession, Russell Westbrook set up Steven Adams beautifully in a pick-and-roll slip. Second possession, Westbrook set up Lance Thomas with a cross-court transition bullet to Lance Thomas. Third possession, Westbrook set up Serge Ibaka in a pick-and-pop with a slick overhead hook pass. Three possessions, three assists.
But it wasn’t until the fourth trip that Westbrook formally announced that he’s back.
With one quick step, Westbrook exploded along the baseline to throw down a two-handed dunk, putting an early stamp on the game. And as if that wasn’t enough, a few moments later, he snared a rebound, busted up the floor, unleashed a ruthless in-and-out dribble to roast three Knicks, and soared to the rim for a layup. Oh yeah, he’s definitely back.
Here’s what Westbrook did in 23 minutes — 23! Minutes! — 32 points on 12-17 shooting, eight assists and seven rebounds. Keep Reading…