With the return of Russell Westbrook, the OKC Thunder have been brilliant, defeating the Golden State Warriors to halt their 11-game winning streak. His overall presence on the court has made it tough for other teams to have good games. In addition, he makes the rest of his team mates’ jobs a lot easier, particularly Kevin Durant.
Westbrook has a vision of the court that many other point guards only wish they had. In addition to his playmaking ability, he can score the ball at will, whether it be from distance or sprinting to the hole himself. He is a true point guard that makes this team the success that it really is.
During last season’s opening round in the playoffs, he was injured against the Houston Rockets. Even though OKC would go on to play in the next round, they did ultimately end up losing to the Memphis Grizzlies. If Westbrook had played in that series, the team would have had a great chance of making it all the way to the NBA Finals for a second year running.
The team heavily relies on the talented scoring of Durant who can carry this team on any given night by putting up well over 30 points and scoring when the game is on the line.
Luckily for him, he does not have to do it alone. In fact, the last night against the Warriors showed us why Westbrook is an important asset as he nailed the game-winning trey to hand his Thunder the 113-112 victory.
If the point guard can start to take some of the pressure off of Durant like that, the team can rest easy in crunch time.