Russell Westbrook and the Elusive Happy Ending

We talk all things Russell Westbrook, including trading him….. How surprised are you that Kevin Durant didn’t clue Westbrook in on his leaving, that Russ was blindsided by his “friend”? C.J. Hampshire: Was he blindsided? Or was he betrayed? I don’t mean that in terms of leaving the Thunder. Durant is a grown man. He…

An Olympic Gold Medal Is on Shaky Ground

Chris Paul was the first to withdraw. Then Steph Curry. Then Russell Westbrook. Then James Harden. Then LaMarcus Aldridge. That’s five of the Western Conference 2016 All-Stars. 41% of the team that was in Toronto in February have said no thank you, I want my summer back. Paul, Curry, and Westbrook are the top three…

Can Westbrook Make Nice With Steph In Rio?

After the NBA Finals is settled and after the champagne has been mopped up and after Vegas pays off bets and after someone has a parade- if it’s Cleveland expect mass hysteria- the NBA calendar turns to free agency and Olympic preparation. Free agency is all about KD, while the Olympic team will have a…

Westbrook Making the Warriors Suffer

Throw out all those regular season stats that don’t matter anymore. The Thunder losing all three games to the Warriors. The Thunder not able to keep fourth quarter leads. Russell Westbrook erratic and reckless and coming in a distant second to Steph Curry. Kevin Durant efficient when the game is on the line. The Warriors…

Curry vs. Westbrook: What The Numbers Say

With apologies to Chris Paul, the Western Conference Finals is a showcase for the league’s best point guards. In the playoffs, Steph Curry, the MVP, is averaging 24.8 points and 8.4 assists. He has a slight disadvantage in offensive production compared to Russell Westbrook (25.6 points, 10.8 assists), but even as Curry has slowed down…

Introducing Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s Best Point Guard

Not to rain on the Steph Curry parade but the best point guard in the NBA is Russell Westbrook. Through seventy-two games, Westbrook has been extraordinary: 23.6 points, 10.4 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals. He is shooting 45.4%, a career high. He is making 50% of his 2-point shots, a career high. He is…

How do the Thunder Keep Durant? Move the Ball

When his team was in the midst of their greatness, and battling the Celtics for NBA supremacy, Pat Riley would write on the board before every game, No Rebounds, No Rings. It was pretty simplistic as strategies go. If you rebound the ball, you win. If you don’t, you lose. Of course, it was easy…

Is OKC Being Overlooked A Good Thing?

A few days ago, the attention centered on the Spurs chances to (possibly) dethrone the Warriors. Last week, it was the power and intentions of LeBron James, and the ouster of David Blatt. The week before that, it was the Warriors dominance and Steph Curry’s historic season. And the week before that….. By default, (there…