OKC Thunder: Playoffs could be Russell Westbrook's time to shine

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 20, 2013

Russell Westbrook knows he could have his way, any time, against any team, in this postseason.

But that's not what the Thunder point guard is interested in, contrary to popular belief.

“For me, in the playoffs, I just try to go in and try to find a way that we can win,” Westbrook said. “During this time of the year it really don't matter who scores or how we score as long as at the end of the day we get a win.”

Don't be surprised if Westbrook just happens to do a lot of the scoring. Because, frankly, for the Thunder, that game plan generally leads to a lot of winning.

Add to that, few teams have an answer for Westbrook when he's on his game. In his fifth season, Westbrook has blossomed into one of the most indefensible players around, and this playoff run could be his time to shine, solidifying Westbrook, once and for all, as one of the game's elite players.

“I think the best way to show that is to win,” Westbrook said. “That's how I think and how I thought this season. We did that as a team. We won 60 games, and I think that's the best way you can show people. “He's a winner, he likes to win and his team wins.'”

Westbrook will walk into his first favorable matchup Sunday as the Thunder opens its postseason against Houston and point guard counterpart Jeremy Lin. It's a matchup Westbrook has dominated and one that could be the Rockets' most lopsided.

In three games against Houston this season, Westbrook averaged 23.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.3 steals. Lin averaged 14 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists. The Thunder won the season series two games to one.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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