OKLAHOMA CITY — Needing 16 rebounds Wednesday evening to change into the primary participant to common a triple-double greater than as soon as, Russell Westbrook sounded off on skeptics and the stats-padding narrative about his historic numbers.
“A lot people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds,” Westbrook stated in a solution largely unrelated to the query that was requested. “If individuals may get 20 rebounds each evening, they might. If individuals may get 15 rebounds, they might. People who’s speaking or saying no matter they should say, they need to attempt doing it and see how onerous it’s.
“Since all people desires to be speaking, I am uninterested in listening to the identical previous rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s—. I take pleasure in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball quicker than another person will get to it. That is what it’s. If you don’t need it, I am gonna get it. Easy as that.”
Westbrook entered the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder‘s last two video games needing 34 rebounds and 12 assists to safe a triple-double common for the second consecutive season. In opposition to the Miami Warmth on Monday, he dished out 13 assists and hauled in 18 rebounds, setting the stage for the regular-season finale towards the Memphis Grizzlies. A victory may assist the Thunder’s seeding within the Western Convention playoffs.
“I feel he’ll be the primary to inform you that is not how he approaches video games,” teammate Paul George stated when requested if he needed to see Westbrook go for it. “Russ is a man that regardless of the workforce wants, no matter he feels he must do, he is gonna do. That simply naturally occurs that he will get these triple-doubles.
“But I don’t think he’s looking at tonight as a milestone that he has to get to for that triple-double average. In fact, he’s probably going to go out [and] just do it naturally because he knows that’s what we need from him.”
On Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony joked about Westbrook “stealing” rebounds from teammates, however identified Westbrook’s rebounding is a substantial constructive for the workforce.
“Sometimes you want to fight him a little bit, push him out of the way,” Anthony stated. “For me, it’s good … to have a guard like that to be able to crack back and get rebounds. He steals sometimes. He steals rebounds sometimes. But any time you can have a guard like that to come back and rebound the way he does, because we want to push the break, when he gets it off the rebound he’s able to jump-start the break and a lot of good things happen from that.”
Westbrook’s gaudy rebounding numbers have caught the eye of some; Thunder heart Steven Adams routinely bins out his man and leaves the rebound to Westbrook. However it’s by design, Thunder coach Billy Donovan says, to get the ball into Westbrook’s fingers quicker to interrupt into transition.
“The game will tell you what you need to do,” Westbrook stated. “Getting unfastened rebounds, unfastened balls, getting on the break is one thing that is very, very useful to our workforce and one thing that in my view you may’t cease. Getting a rebound, pushing out, getting it up fast, as a result of you may’t scout for that. And it is one thing that is nice for our workforce.
“You do what it’s essential to do to win. Tonight, if scoring is what it’s, then that is what is. Rebounding, that is what it’s. If it is passing, that is what is. Defending — my job is to do all the pieces. And that is what I do. I’m going out, do all the pieces, and I do it on a night-in-and-night-out foundation. No one else do the identical s— I do each evening. Easy as that.”
Final season, Westbrook turned the primary participant since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to common a triple-double, whereas additionally breaking Robertson’s mark for triple-doubles in a season. This season, Westbrook has recorded 25 triple-doubles and is averaging 25.6 factors, 10.1 assists and 9.9 rebounds per recreation. The Thunder are 20-5 when Westbrook has a triple-double this season.
“He is there each evening, he is wholesome, he is able to play and he produces,” ahead Nick Collison stated. “So I feel the triple-doubles are a results of that. It is simply him persistently taking part in nicely each evening he is on the market over lengthy stretches of time. I do not care an excessive amount of about individuals and no matter they’re saying about his stats and the way he will get them.”