It is no secret that Russell Westbrook has had to carry more of the load for the Oklahoma City Thunder this year. With Kevin Durant making the infamous move to the Golden State Warriors, the Thunder are dependent on Westbrook to score more and take the undisputed lead role for the team. Without Durant, it is hard to imagine Oklahoma City as anything more than a high seeded playoff team who will likely hit the showers after the first round comes to an end.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Westbrook doesn’t have some impressive tricks up his sleeve. A prime example of what Westbrook is capable of happened last night against the Houston Rockets. With the Thunder up three, the inbound pass went to Westbrook, and Westbrook went to work. He drove to the lane and with a Rockets defender down low, Westbrook rose up and move the ball into his left hand as he seemingly hung in the air for about 14 minutes. This all culminated in a Westbrook slam that is one of the year’s best so far.
We gotta say that we love the crazy animal that is Russell Westbrook. That guy is a monster and goes all in every game. Seriously, just take a look at this guy’s face after he sticks the dagger in the Rockets. That is the face of a madman. This dude would take a game versus a high school team like it was for the NBA championship.
So, here’s to Russell Westbrook. Your best teammate abandoned you and yet you go in and play your heart out. Nothing you can do but tip your hat and ask young hoopers around the country to play as hard as Russell.
If you haven’t seen the 1,543,432 replays of this dunk on Sports Center, well you are in look because we have posted it below.