For all his craziness, and sometimes offensive “selfishness”, Russell Westbrook is a pretty good player. Most of the time, more than he gets credit for.
Which is why Westbrook is our “Performance of the Week” winner for his heroics vs Golden State on Friday night.
Westbrook finished with 34 points, seven assists and five steals. And while even though that alone would merit consideration for any kind of weekly award, it was what he did after the fact that clinched him the honor. Late in the game, with his team down a deuce, Westbrook came to the rescue — like it or not. As he says, when Kevin Durant’s late game shots aren’t falling, he’s there to pick up the pieces.
Westbrook on crunchtime: "Kevin's obviously our first option and when those shots aren't falling, I try and find myself and be assertive."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 30, 2013
But it wasn’t only a game-winning shot. He also made a game-saving rebound beforehand.
This entire sequence screams Westbrook. The fact that he didn’t give up on the play, when Serge Ibaka bricked a midrange jumper, says it all. Westbrook was a good 20 feet away, yet still did enough to get a finger off the rebound to give his team another chance. Then, buckets.
You gotta love Russ.