Russell Westbrook gave his all in the Thunder’s final game of the NBA season against the Rockets. He went as far as to block a shot by his own teammate, Jerami Grant, late in the fourth quarter. He then grabbed the ball, took control of the possession, and proceeded to miss an off-balance runner.
Westbrook finished with 47 points on 15-of-34 shooting, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the Thunder’s 105-99 loss in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference playoff series.
There was no way Westbrook was going down without a fight, and though blocking a teammate isn’t the best option to win, this play perfectly sums up what this season was for the MVP favorite. He gave 100 percent at all times during every game, sometimes to a fault.
Grant will probably forgive him for this one, considering what Westbrook did on the court during the season.
Blame percentages: This one feels like it’s all on the Clippers given the lead in Game 6, but we must account for Paul’s early injury and divine intervention here — divine intervention meaning Smith and Brewer going a combined 6 of 12 from beyond the arc despite both shooting under 30 percent from 3 for their careers.
The final breakdown: Game 6 collapse (57 percent), Smith and Brewer defying the will of the basketball gods (21 percent), Paul missing the first two games which resulted in Cheap Dream Team Jerseys a 1-1 split (13 percent), Game 6 hangover leading into Game 7 loss (8.5 percent), Harden’s beard (0.5 percent).
2016: The stars appeared to align in LA as Stephen Curry Cheap Dog Jerseys went down with a knee injury at the start of the 2016 playoffs. If the Clippers handled the Trail Blazers in the first round, they would advance to play a potentially weakened Warriors team in the conference semifinals. Unfortunately, any dreams of a title run came crashing down quickly.