Brandon Marcus helps the now-recovering Dan Besbris muscle through our Wednesday show! The guys discuss Damian Lillard's epic 37-foot series-winner and what another early exit means for the Oklahoma City Thunder and their ballooning payroll.…
May 7, 2019, 6:57 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook (finger surgery/right knee surgery) is expected to return to full basketball activities in roughly three weeks.
As Westbrook has proven throughout his career, he is superhuman when it comes to recovering from surgeries. Expect a full offseason ahead for Westbrook.
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May 7, 2019, 5:53 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his finger on his left hand, along with an additional minor prcoedure on his right knee described as "proactive maintenance."
Westbrook finished the season by averaging a triple-double, but his effeciency was historically bad. Westbrook is an athletic marvel, but his shot and shot selection need to improve for him to vault back into the game's elite. He has the summer to improve on that.
April 24, 2019, 1:30 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook put up one final triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs by the Blazers on Tuesday.
Aside from making all three of his free throws, it was a microcosm of Westbrook's season. He shot just 11-of-31 (4-of-11 from three) and had four steals, two blocks and five turnovers in 45 minutes. There's no better value if you're looking to punt three categories next season.
April 22, 2019, 12:42 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook went 5-for-21 from the field to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two treys in Sunday's 98-111 Game 4 loss to the Blazers.
Time and again in this series, it's been evident that Damian Lillard has been playing at a higher level than Westbrook and tonight was a fine example. Lillard was able to shake off his early shooting struggles and come up big in the second half, but Westbrook was still forcing shots and appeared to be on the back foot for most of the game. He's best when he's the one taking it to his opponents. A reactive Westbrook is simply not the star the Thunder need right now, if they want to salvage any hopes of coming back in this first-round series.
April 20, 2019, 12:48 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook out dueled Damian Lillard on Friday as he notched a double-double with 33 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, four triples and one block as the Thunder beat the Blazers 120-108.
The four threes were a welcome sight for Westbrook who described his play in this series prior to Friday night as "unacceptable." After being highly inefficient in the first two games, Westbrook shot 11-for-22 as he hit shot after shot in the fourth quarter to ice the win down the stretch. Oklahoma City will hope for more of the same as they look to even the series on Sunday.
April 17, 2019, 11:12 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook took full responsibility for the Thunder’s poor performance in Game 2 on Tuesday and vowed to play better in the next game.
“Starting with myself, I've got to play better," Westbrook said. "The way I played was unacceptable. I'm going to be better, so I'm not worried one bit.” The Thunder find themselves in a hole, down 2-0 to the Blazers and Game 3 will be a must-win situation. We would expect Russ to bounce back with a monster performance but don’t be surprised if he struggles with his percentages and turnovers even more.
April 17, 2019, 1:30 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook had a hard time getting shots to fall in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers as he went just 5-for-20 from the field on his way to 14 points (1-of-6 from deep but 3-of-3 from the line).
Westbrook, of course, did have nine rebounds, 11 assists and a steal (though he added six turnovers) in his 37 minutes. The Thunder will need him to step it up even more if they can't get it going from long-distance.
April 14, 2019, 6:10 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook put up a 24-point, 10-board, 10-dime triple-double in Sunday's Game 1 loss.
Westbrook could tell Paul George was still struggling with his shoulder injury and tried to take a little bit more of an alpha dog approach in the second half. His defense was solid in the first half, but tweaked his ankle in the second half and put noticeably less effort in on defense towards the end of the game.
April 11, 2019, 4:21 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 0-for-2 FTs) with 11 rebounds, 17 assists, one steal and one block in the Thunder's 127-116 win over the Bucks in Wednesday's finale.
Westbrook snuck into a late-first round finish in 8-cat formats, but the 9-cat versions got hammered down into the top-30 range. He played in 73 games and we saw some decent slippage, and with much of his game predicated on otherworldly athleticism he'll need to figure out a way to handle declines there. The free throw shooting mess will also be front-and-center next season.
April 10, 2019, 12:57 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to victory on Tuesday with yet another one of his triple-double performances, tallying 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting (four 3s) with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
He's been the poster boy for strong finishes so far this season, upping his game when the Thunder need him most. He's locked up those trip-dub averages for the season and showed why he's still an elite threat, both in reality and fantasy.
April 7, 2019, 7:33 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook put up another triple-double on Sunday against the Wolves, tallying 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.
Westbrook added a steal and two triples while going 10-of-22 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line. There's not much left to say about his incredible counting stat performances, though we do wonder if the lagging efficiency will start to dent his ADP moving forward. Paul George chipped in 27-7-6 with three steals and four triples while Dennis Schroder contributed an empty 21 points.
April 5, 2019, 11:12 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook posted 19 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists in Friday's 123-110 win over the Pistons, also guaranteeing that he would average a triple-double for the third consecutive season.
Despite the accolades that his first such season earned, this may be Westbrook's most impressive triple-double campaign yet since he missed the beginning of the year with injuries and has often ceded the spotlight to Paul George for large chunks of the year. Westbrook did go 6-of-18 from the field and 6-of-10 from the line for a classic Westbrook game, but he's still money in five categories. The aforementioned George put up 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and four triples as his masterful season rolls on.
April 2, 2019, 11:15 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook accomplished just the second game of at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists (Westbrook had 21) in NBA history in Tuesday's 119-103 home win over the Lakers.
Westbrook had 10 first-quarter assists, and he just kept it going until the final minute to secure the final rebound he needed to accomplish the feat. Westbrook added three assists and two threes on the historic night. He shot just 8-for-23 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the line, so the usual warts were still there (though he did only turn it over twice). Despite the poor percentages, he continues to provide early-round value.
April 2, 2019, 11:43 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook’s technical foul from Sunday’s game against the Mavs and he is now back to 16 for the season.
This is important because players receive an automatic one-game suspension after reaching 16 technicals during the regular season and another one for every two technicals after that point. Russ was suspended on March 18th against the Heat while, had the technical foul from Sunday stood, he could have been in danger of missing another game with just five regular season games remaining. He still leads the NBA in technical fouls with his latest one falling off but thankfully, technical foul count will reset once the playoffs begin, as it will take seven to receive an automatic one-game suspension by the NBA.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter