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Westbrook needed just three assists entering Friday’s game to hit the mark. He got there midway through the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons.
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Russ averages a triple-double for the 3rd straight season. Never done before in NBA history.
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Westbrook’s critics have focused on what he’s not doing instead of what he can do.
Certainly, his shooting numbers leave a lot to be desired. The 2016-17 NBA MVP is tied for 24th among qualified point guards with a 42.6 field-goal percentage. His three-point percentage (28.6) is the second-worst out of 187 qualified players.
But considering there have been four seasons in NBA history where a player has averaged a triple-double, and Westbrook has three of them in three consecutive years, his accomplishment is very much worth celebrating.
With Paul George‘s struggles down the stretch following a shoulder injury, Westbrook has had to move back into the alpha role for the Thunder as they jockey for playoff positioning.
Westbrook entered Friday leading the NBA with 10.5 assists per game and also averaging 23.0 points and 11.1 rebounds.