On today’s podcast we discuss:
- Russell Westbrook’s MVP chances
- The loss against the Bulls
- Should Russ have passed the ball?
- Enes Kanter’s contract
- The Thunder’s cap situation going forward
- Best Perk memories
- And we answer all your twitter questions
On today’s podcast we discuss:
Neil Paine of 538 on MVP: “So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now.”
Darnell Mayberry: “Inside the final five seconds, Westbrook air-balled a 22-foot jumper that resulted in a shot-clock violation on a trip that could have pushed the Thunder’s lead to three, he left his man alone in the corner to double team the post, allowing E’Twaun Moore enough room to nail a game-winning 3 from the left corner, and he foiled a potential game-tying or game-winning possession by stepping out of bounds with 1.2 seconds remaining after receiving an inbounds pass from Dion Waiters. But much like when everything was going right for him, Westbrook didn’t seem fazed when things fell apart late Thursday.” Keep Reading…
Two minutes and 41 seconds left. I wrote it down when it happened. The Thunder were up three, 100-97. How were their next five possessions going to go?
Russell Westbrook had just missed a tough 3 at the end of the shot clock, then came up with a crazy steal on the other end. The Bulls called timeout. There was 2:41 left, the Thunder had a lead, and they needed Westbrook to guide them home.
Out of the timeout, a clean 15 foot look for Serge Ibaka set up by Westbrook, left just short. Ibaka fouled Nikola Mirotic after he bit on a pump fake for the 58th time, and the Bulls cut the lead to one with 2:15 left. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 106.2 (13th), Bulls – 107.6 (8th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.3 (10th), Bulls – 104.7 (12th)
I’ve watched that around 50 times since it initially happened and it’s more amazing every time. What Westbrook is doing gets more historic every day. Now the first person to record four-straight triple-doubles since Michael Jordan in 1988-89. Westbrook’s 49-point explosion vaulted him into the top spot for the scoring title at 27.0 ppg. Kevin Durant, who knows a bit about scoring titles remains out tonight but looks like a return could be nearing. Keep Reading…
Russell Westbrook is the leading scorer in the NBA. His 49 last night pushed him to 27.0 a game, up and over Harden who’s at 26.9. Harden will win the scoring title. It’s inevitable that when Durant comes back Westbrook’s averages, across the board, will drop some. Harden will overtake him then. But that is not the point.
Westbrook is in another galaxy at the moment. He’s playing basketball so well that he’s become part man, part ideal. People talk about him like he’s a symbol, like he can change and better this world. They talk like he’s a hero. Keep Reading…
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: “But … the fact that Westbrook is doing this without the reigning MVP, Durant, has to carry some weight, depending on how you define “most valuable.” (Same goes for the Rockets’ James Harden, by the way, who has been on tear with Dwight Howard out of the lineup.) And can you truly rely on the standings alone to determine who’s the “best” or “most dangerous” team in the West the way this season has played out? Would anyone in their right mind want to mess with Westbrook right now — with or without Durant — in a first-round playoff series? I wouldn’t.”
Micah Peters of USA Today: “Is Russell Westbrook a championship-caliber point guard? Who can say? Are his media antics childish? Possibly. Was he bathed in the River Styx as an infant? The jury’s still out on that. One thing is for sure, though: Russell Westbrook is very, very, very good at basketball.” Keep Reading…
Six days ago, Russell Westbrook had a dent in his face.
Four days ago, he had surgery to fix the dent in his face.
Tonight, he had a career-high 49 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 10 assists. His fourth straight triple-double, something that hasn’t been done since Michael Jordan in 1989.
“For those of you, including myself, that thought Russell might need a couple of games to get used to wearing the mask,” Scott Brooks said, “we were wrong.”
Westbrook was sick. He was absurd. He was filthy. He was ridiculous. He was Russell Freaking Westbrook. Would the mask bother him? Would he play tentatively? Would he hold back?
Nah, man. Nah. Keep Reading…
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 106.1 (13th), Sixers – 94.1 (30th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.3 (10th), Sixers – 105.0 (13th)
365 days ago Russell Westbrook did ^^^ that against Philadelphia. He recorded the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history. Tonight Westbrook returns from having face-dented in by your own teammate-surgery and will debut a clear mask as a measure of protection. Tonight will also be the premier of Headband Russ. He’ll wear the headband to keep the mask secured and more comfortable. Keep Reading…