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

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 20, 2013

But Westbrook said he tries not to enter a favorable matchup licking his chops.

“Every night I'm going to go at whoever I'm playing,” Westbrook said. “I don't pick nights and say ‘I have an advantage tonight.' That's when things go the wrong way. That's why every night I try to come out and play the same way, play consistently. So regardless of who I'm playing or what's going on my team knows what to expect from me.”

Westbrook said he adjusts his attack based on how defenders are covering him. Some players, Westbrook said, are smaller so he goes into the post for easy buckets. Some are slower and he tries to blow by them. Others are good with their hands, in which case ball security becomes most important.

“You definitely got to pay attention to what other people are doing,” Westbrook said. “But at the same time I've got to continue to do what I've been doing throughout the season.”

It's worked up to this point.

“It's big,” said Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha. “He's the main (reason for the) success of this team, him and Kevin (Durant); just them being able to get their own shot and do so many things offensively and at the same time being willing passers when they get double teamed. They do so much for the team.”

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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