Russell Westbrook is a top 15 player in the NBA. Sometimes, he can act like he is a top 5 player, though.
He has shot too much for not even being the main star on the Thunder team this postseason. Russell is taking about 21 shots so far this postseason. He is taking almost the same amount of shots as superstar Kevin Durant.
It may be fine if he was connecting on more of his shots. He is shooting less than 40 percent from the floor.
He struggles to finish around the basket, pounds the ball on the floor too much and ball hogs too often. Durant needs to be the guy who should be more vocalized on getting more shots.
Durant demanded the ball against Denver in game five, and he took over scoring over 40 points in a Thunder victory.
Westbrook attempted to take over game four in Denver after shooting 12-30 in their only loss against the Nuggets. He also was only 9-23 against the Grizzlies in game one; Durant was 11-21.
Whether you blame Durant for not demanding the ball or Westbrook for controlling the ball and taking wild shots, we could all agree that adjustments need to be made. Durant should shoot at least a few more times than Westbrook per game.
Westbrook is an outstanding player. Not only can he score, but he can facilitate as well as rebound pretty well. He needs to calm down and be under control if the Thunder wants any shot of getting by the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals
About the Author
Written by Justin Welton
Born in Franklin, PA. Life-long Pittsburgh sports fan + Boston Celtics. Attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Working for WCUC - 91.7 and WCUB-TV. Clarion Call writer for two years.