Westbrook clinches triple-double average for season
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 1:31
I just said, 'You know what?
The Grizzlies, who will play San Antonio in the first round, also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol.
The Phoenix Suns have shut done most of their veterans since the All-Star break because their front office wants to see their young players get more playing time during the second half of the season. It is meant to go to the most valuable player to the most successful team. "I'm happy it wasn't here but we locked in defensively".
Westbrook did get the six assists he needed to assure that he'd join Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for a season - breaching double figures for all three categories.
Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds last season, which was his first year averaging double-digit assists. Westbrook said after spending nearly an hour working on his shot in Phoenix's practice gym after his poor shooting performance.
"Get your mind right", he explained. It's something that I'm honored to be able to do, especially in this game today, at the highest level. "But it wasn't falling for me tonight".
Westbrook finally came out of the game for good at the 2:34 marker in the final period.
The Phoenix Suns had the 13-game losing streak.
The Celtics, who were up handily, could have double or triple-teamed the Suns guard to stop him from scoring. "I'm a competitor. I'm in my home arena, hearing fans cheer for another guy which". I just didn't want it to be here.
Phoenix Suns: PG - Brandon Knight, SG - Devin Booker, SF - TJ Warren, PF - Jared Dudley, C - Tyson Chandler. He had probably his worst shooting first half of the season and his teammates didn't show much interest in the contest as the Suns opened a 28-point lead. The Thunder shot 36.6 percent from the field in the loss. That season, he averaged 19 points and 23 rebounds per game. Some people will say that Booker's 70 points are a bit tainted because the Suns were getting blown out. Westbrook and Stephen Curry each have five. He now ranks first among rookies in assists (7.2) and seventh in scoring (12.4) since the All-Star break.
Not that Westbrook didn't try to pick up those two elusive assists.
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up before the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Both of them are spotted at different directions, the Thunder had 45 wins in total.
Thunder: Oklahoma City plays at Denver on Sunday.
Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr.
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand on the court during introductions to the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Marquese Chriss' 73rd start is the third-most in a season by a Suns rookie. It was empirically unusual, unparalleled in any other basketball climate, other than maybe a Phoenix game recently when star 20-year-old Devin Booker went for 70 points in part because his team fouled late to extend the game.