At tonight’s sports awards show, host Peyton Manning took a soft jab at Kevin Durant’s front-running, then followed up with an appeal to KD’s former teammate Russell Westbrook. Each NBA star sold the gag with some pretty solid deadpan glares.
This year, the NBA decided to give out all of its regular-season awards at once, and to have them presented at an interminable awards show that aired last night, more than two months after the end of the regular season. This was all mostly annoying and unnecessary, but Russell Westbrook’s MVP acceptance speech ended…
Russell Westbrook—the first man to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson, an insane human and statistical highlight reel, the player who single-handedly propelled the Oklahoma City Thunder into the playoffs—is the 2017 NBA MVP.
Join me on a short journey through some neat NBA stats from the 2016-17 regular season.
I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to swear off basketball forever after watching the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, which was defined by ill-advised foul calls and ill-advised shots, most of them coming from the Thunder’s star player, Russell Westbrook.
The Houston Rockets won Game 5 over the Thunder tonight, shooting their way out of a handful of Russell Westbrook-induced holes and taking a close one, 105-99. Much like the entire series, the game was excruciating to watch and the Thunder’s brief flickers of life did little to stave off the feeling that they were…
Rarely does an offensive rebound off an intentionally flubbed free throw work, but Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook pulled it off and made the most of it.
Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams shared a postgame podium after yesterday’s loss to the Rockets. The first question came from Westbrook’s old rival, Berry Tramel, and even though it was addressed to Adams, it was Westbrook’s time to shine.
Russ’ll give it to you straight.
For the first time I can remember, Russell Westbrook looked tired tonight.
In what was a thoroughly embarrassing 31-point Game 1 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets, perhaps no Thunder player was exposed more than backup center Enes Kanter.
The NBA regular season is over and done with, and as the dust settles before the playoffs start this weekend, it’s time to take stock of what looks like the closest MVP race since Steve Nash won his second consecutive award after the 2005-06 season. Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and LeBron James are…
If you’re still somehow unconvinced that Russell Westbrook is the NBA MVP, take a look at his box score from last night’s game against the Nuggets: [The smoldering remains of the city formerly known as Denver].
Oh yeah, no way this guy is the MVP.
Russell Westbrook’s season-long one-man show of frenzied triple-double glory will finish with a stat line it deserves. With eight assists last night, Westbrook sealed his fate as the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double over the course of a season.
One of the worst critiques of Russell Wesbrook’s MVP candidacy is the one that tries to sneer at the very concept of the triple-double. “It’s an arbitrary accomplishment!” mewls the weenie. “We’re biased towards round numbers!” he continues, sniveling, pretending like a the roundness of 31-10-10 somehow renders its…
Tonight, Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and handed out 13 assists in a rout of the listless Milwaukee Bucks. The 13 rebounds that Westbrook grabbed give him 822 for the season through 77 games. Westbrook is already well over the 820 points he’d need to average double-digit scoring this year,…
In case you were skeptical about Russell Westbrook’s MVP bona fides, consider tonight’s one-man destruction of the Orlando Magic.
The Oklahoma City Thunder went on a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, 92-91. Human lightning bolt Russell Westbrook scored 12 of those 14 points—including the game-winner with seven seconds left.