5 Reasons Why Russell Westbrook is the Real NBA Playoffs MVP

5 Reasons Why Russell Westbrook is the Real NBA Playoffs MVP

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Russell Westbrook has been the X-factor for the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout these playoffs, and he will likely be the determining factor in their series agains the San Antonio Spurs. Here are the five reasons why I think Westbrook has been the MVP of the playoffs so far, but I posit this theory with the caveat that Kevin Durant has been the regular season MVP. Expect good Russ to show up throughout the rest of the postseason.

5. He's Shown Improved Decision Making

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5. He's Shown Improved Decision Making

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The numbers do not lie. Westbrook is averaging 26.6 points, 8.1 assists, 7.5 rebounds and nearly two steals per game. Kevin Durant's number have been nowhere near that good throughout the playoffs, and Westbrook could be named NBA Finals MVP as a result. Of course, the Thunder would have to end up getting out of the West first.

4. He's Been Dominant

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4. He's Been Dominant

Russell Westbrook OKC Thunder
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The numbers from the first slide should speak for themselves, but his shooting percentage from the free throw line .883 has been the best of his postseason career. Westbrook has been one of the most exciting shows in basketball, and he has dominated every point guard he has faced in these playoffs. Speaking of that...

3. He's Outplayed Tony Parker

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3. He's Outplayed Tony Parker

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Tony Parker got the best of Westbrook in the first two games of their series, but we all remember what happened in 2012. Right? We could be looking at a remix of that situation in the next few days; that all depends on the Spurs' ability to bounce back from defeat.

2. He'll Tip the Spurs Over Yet Again

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2. He'll Tip the Spurs Over Yet Again

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The Spurs look like they might be on the way out, and unless they can scrap together a couple of home wins, then a rematch with Miami might be a pipedream at this point. Westbrook has been a one-man wrecking crew, and it does not hurt having Durant on your team either.

1. He'll Be Ready For Miami This Time

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1. He'll Be Ready For Miami This Time

Russell Westbrook OKC Thunder
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We all remember what happened to Oklahoma City against the Miami Heat in 2012, but LeBron James' crew is a bit more vulnerable this time around. Kevin Durant is tired of finishing second, and it might just be Russell Westbrook who helps the league MVP finally finish first.

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