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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook Has Changed Series Outlook

Russel Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

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The oft-criticized enigma of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, quieted all doubters in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. His game can be frightening to watch at times due to ill-advised shots, but that was not the case in game 4. Westbrook, who is normally the scapegoat for the Thunder’s troubles, took his game to new heights when the Thunder needed it the most.

Westbrook finished Game 4 with 40 points, 10 assists and five steals. During the game, he was highly efficient on the offensive side of the ball, and he caused havoc on the defensive side of the ball as well. Westbrook put the pressure on Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs for all 45 minutes that he played on the court.

The Spurs didn’t have an answer for No. 0, but in truth nobody does. Westbrook himself is the only person who can stop him. He knows it, and that is the reason why the way he plays the way he does. Kevin Durant is great, but when Westbrook is playing at this level, the Thunder is very hard to beat.

The outlook of the series has changed, and the pressure is now on the Spurs to deliver. The Spurs will have to come up with a plan to stop Westbrook if they plan on winning the next two games. Westbrook is usually criticized for his style of play, but I am pretty sure every other team in the NBA would love to have him as their starting point guard.

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