The Oklahoma City Thunder want to win their first NBA title. But it's one of their own players, Russell Westbrook, who is holding them back from doing so. The point guard's unstable play is leaving his side in a state of basketball flux, never knowing what is going to happen on the hardwood.
The job of a point guard is to facilitate a team, to get the ball and ensure that the result of his actions are a key factor in creating most effective form of scoring a team has in that play.
Shooting 3 times in less than a minute - missing all of them - is probably the complete opposite of what i would want my number one ball-handler to do.
And that is exactly what Westbrook did last night. The 25-year old shot a god-awful 7 of 24 last night for an incredible -34, possibly one of the worst performances from a star player in a Conference Final game ever.
But this is what Westbrook is. He can play exactly the same way he did last night in Game 3 in Oklahoma on Sunday and end the tie with a triple-double going for 30 points and his side winning by 15. You never know what you're going to get with the former UCLA Bruin.
It's just too erratic though. Surely the Thunder would prefer a point guard like Tony Parker instead of the Berserker that is Russell. Someone who can control a game in a mannered and calm style rather than Kamikaze piloting to the playoffs where poor performances can lead you to an 0-2 deficit when it matters.
Blame has to go to Scott Brooks as well. The head coach's offensive strategy is just plain awful and without Durant and Westbrook it would be even more exposed to the world. Westbrook has no movement, no cuts, no off the ball running and screens to create anything.
How do you solve a problem like Russell Westbrook? Can you even? Or do you just hope that he'll blow hot when it matters?
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