Russell Westbrook meter: Taking stock of the OKC Thunder point guard's performances

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmaybery@opubco.com Published: May 14, 2011
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Game 1: Sunday, May 1 — Westbrook scores 29 points on 9-for-23 shots with eight rebounds, six assists and seven turnovers. He attempted two more shots than Kevin Durant in a 114-101 loss.

Reaction: “I have a huge problem with him taking more shots than Kevin Durant. And this isn't the first time this has happened. In Game 4, the first closeout game at Denver, 30 shots to 18 shots, Trust me, there are people in the Oklahoma City organization who have a huge problem with this and realize this is how they could lose this series. And I'm going to make the case that the worse thing that happened to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder this year was that Derrick Rose…was the runaway MVP. Because young Russell watched this and said, ‘I want me some of that.'” — ESPN First Take analyst Skip Bayless.

Game 2: Tuesday, May 3 — Westbrook scores 24 points on 9-for-20 shots with six assists, three steals and four turnovers. He again attempted two shots more than Durant, but this time the Thunder won, 111-102.

Reaction: “On a night when Oklahoma City's postseason hopes hung in the balance, Russell Westbrook came up big. Those anxious early minutes became a distant memory by the final minutes of this playoff game…Westbrook was superb. He scored 24 points, dished out six assists and played the type of controlled yet dynamic game that his team needed from him. What's more, the NBA's most overanalyzed point guard wasn't the only Thunder point guard to have a big night. Eric Maynor scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. If the Thunder can get this kind of play out of its point guards, it has a chance not only to win this Western Conference semifinal but also to still be playing in June. No joke. These guys were that good Tuesday night.” — The Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson.

Game 3: Saturday, May 7 — Westbrook scores 23 points on 7-for-22 shooting with six rebounds, 12 assists and seven turnovers. The Thunder blows a 13-point fourth-quarter lead before losing 101-93 in overtime.

Reaction: “Coach Lionel Hollins gave (O.J.) Mayo the job of defending Russell Westbrook, who had torched the Grizzlies and Mike Conley for 13 points in the third quarter when the Thunder were threatening to run away and hide with an unrelenting double-digit lead. Mayo stuck to Westbrook like white on rice. He fought over screens and through them. He was in Westbrook's face every time he tried to turn a corner, practically inside his uniform each time he attempted a shot. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Westbrook went just 1-for-7 from the field and scored only four points.” — NBA.com's Fran Blinebury.

Game 4: Monday, May 9 — Westbrook scores a game-high 40 points on 15-of-33 shots with five rebounds, five assists, three steals, two blocks and three turnovers. Westbrook played 51 minutes in the Thunder's 133-123 triple-overtime win.

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