Westbrook could sign another extension w/ OKC
Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts.
Westbrook drops 47 points, Thunder eliminated
Westbrook played 42 minutes and was a +12 during his time on the court, but once again the Thunder melted down when he went to the bench. He finished 15-of-34 from the field with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers. Westy was absolutely gassed by the end of the game and finished just 2-of-12 in the fourth quarter, and he also forced too many perimeter shots -- he hit 5-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The MVP candidate had an epic season and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 43 triple-doubles, posting averages of 31.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.5 triples and 4.2 turnovers on 42.2 percent shooting.
Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in G4 loss
Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series.
Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in win
After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind.
Billy Donovan defends Russell Westbrook
Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to.
Russell Westbrook doesn't care about stats
"I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost. "We can't give away leads like that on the road, man. It's too difficult." Westbrook scored the most points ever in a playoff triple-double during the Game 2 loss, but he didn't get much help from his teammates, as OKC's second-leading scorer was Andre Roberson with 12 points and Victor Oladipo needed 14 shots to score his 11 points. For OKC to have any chance in this series, they'll need their role players to step it up.
OKC loses Game 2 despite Westbrook's 51/13/10
Westbrook had his usual handful of uniquely dominant plays, including a block that he converted into a nifty layup at the other end (see the link below). He nearly triple-doubled in the first half alone, but fatigue might have been a factor during his rough fourth quarter, which included an 0-of-7 stretch from the field. He's an absolute force of nature, and needless to say his DFS owners were thrilled with the end result tonight.
Russell Westbrook will play for Thunder tonight
Westbrook rested last game but he's back for the season finale. It's doubtful he plays the whole night, though, making his salary prohibitive. The rest of the starters are likely in similar situations, which makes this an unappealing team to target in fantasy. Starters won't get enough time to be useful and neither will bench players; no one sticks out as a nice value option.
Russell Westbrook OUT tonight for Thunder (rest)
With their playoff spot locked up, the last two games for the Thunder have no meaning so it makes sense to rest their superstar MVP candidate heading into the post season. Victor Oladipo is the biggest beneficiary in terms of usage while Semaj Christon is the probable starter at point guard and also worth a shot in DFS tonight.
Victor Oladipo (back) ruled out for tonight
Victor Oladipo has been ruled out tonight's contest due to back spasms. The Thunder have not named Oladipo's replacement yet. With Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow out of town, Alex Abrines or newly acquired Doug McDermott could start. Russell Westbrook is an elite option in all formats with Oladipo out of the lineup tonight. We'll post another update once the Thunder confirm their starting lineup.