Rollin' In The Rye

Russell Westbrook slams down a massive dunk against the Clippers

Russell Westbrook looked like a man on a mission during Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the 3rd quarter with 5:33 remaining, the Thunder were looking to build on their 55-54 lead. Westbrook had the ball in his possession, and it seemed like he was going to “casually” attack the rim before he blew past Clippers forward, Luc Mbah a Moute. Once Westbrook got some space, he made a quick hesitation move which caused Moute to stop; allowing the Thunder guard to get a clear shot at the rim. The second Westbrook got a clear attacking point, he exploded towards the basket and rose up for a massive tomahawk slam – giving his squad a 57-54 lead.

The Thunder would play some solid defence down the stretch, and scored some key baskets late in the 4th to eventually walk away with a 85-83 victory.

Westbrook carried his team in this contest; finishing with a game-high 35 points on 46.7 FG%, to go along with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. He also had a whopping 10 turnovers, but he managed to make a few key plays down the stretch; including a clutch midrange jump shot to seal the game for the Thunder.

At 27 years old, the dynamic guard has had an amazing start to the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 37.8 points on 45.7 FG%, to go along with 10.5 rebounds, and 10 assists. Westbrook has led his team to the 1st seed in Western Conference so far with a 4-0 record, and it looks like they’ll likely go as far as he’ll take him – considering the way that he’s playing right now.

The Thunder have been relying on the play of Westbrook, but they’ll have to start getting production from their other players if they want to remain amongst the top in the West. They’ll have their hardest matchup of the season on Thursday night, when Westbrook takes on his former teammate in Kevin Durant, with the Thunder going against the Golden State Warriors on the road with tipoff scheduled at 10:30 p.m. EST.


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