This is Russell Westbrook at his most polarizing

  • This is Russell Westbrook at his most polarizing

This is Russell Westbrook at his most polarizing

This season, Westbrook is averaging 25.6 points, 10.1 assists and 9.9 rebounds per game. Westbrook, especially, all but guaranteed it when asked how ready the group was heading into the postseason. He knows that as long as they get the rebound as a team, nothing else matters. It ultimately sprung him to securing his second consecutive season averaging a triple-double for the entire year. But since they were playing one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association this season, the team didn't need Westbrook to score in order to win. He also played all 82 games, or 12 more games than the Grizzlies have gotten from Parsons the last two years combined.

Now, Westbrook hopes to prove that he and the Thunder are just getting started.

This season's stat line was a bit less flashy, as the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony naturally took the ball out of Westbrook's hands. "I'm not sure if it's his last season or not, but he's somebody I've always looked up to as a brother, and he's done so much for me and this organization". Brooks' career night led the Grizzlies as he finished with 36 points (14-22 FG, 3-7 3P, 5-5 FT) and seven rebounds.

But it was comforting to watch the last game and feel like, despite the record, there are some potentially useful pieces on this team to put around Gasol and Conley. You get numbers on a bad team or in a blowout game or whatever it is, but he shows the consistency every single night, going out and performing at a high level. The people that's talking or saying what they need to say, they should try and do it and see how hard it is. "Like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted. Either is plausible. But even if you took a rebound a game away from Westbrook, you've still got a guy who leads the National Basketball Association in scoring one year, in assists the next, and remains one of the great rebounding guards in National Basketball Association history".

"Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm exhausted of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s-", Westbrook defiantly added. The good news for Westbrook is that, with the National Basketball Association playoffs upon us, he now has a chance to create a much more compelling postseason narrative than previous year, when his Thunder won just one first-round game - while getting quickly bounced by Harden's Rockets.