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The Golden State Warriors really feel they’ve the 2016-17 Most Invaluable Participant all found out.
The reigning NBA champions “do not worry” Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook‘s fashion of play as a result of it is “really easy to defend, it is like cake to them,” stated ESPN’s Zach Lowe throughout his “The Lowe Publish” podcast, crediting a number of nameless Warriors gamers.
In 4 common season video games towards the Warriors this previous season, Westbrook averaged a close to triple-double of 27.three factors, 10 rebounds, and 9.5 assists in 32.1 minutes, though the Thunder wound up dropping all 4 of these contests. Westbrook solely shot 37.5 % from the sector, as properly, and turned the rock over extra occasions (32) than he did towards some other workforce Oklahoma Metropolis squared off with on 4 events.
His general utilization price of forty one.6 set an NBA document, shattering the earlier report of 38.7 set by Kobe Bryant in 2006. Westbrook lacked the on-courtroom help system round him which definitely performed an element in his historic forty two triple-doubles, because it pressured the 28-yr-previous to go above and past what’s requested of anybody in his footwear.
That may not be the case shifting ahead, nevertheless, because the offseason acquisitions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony present Westbrook a authentic second and third choice who can carry the offense when he is not on the ground. Extra importantly, although, Oklahoma Metropolis has sufficient expertise to carry their very own towards the Warriors, at the least on paper.
Golden State is probably not afraid of Westbrook, however with George and Anthony by his aspect, they will maybe take him and his squad a tad extra critically.
The brand new and improved Thunder will get their first crack on the Warriors on Nov. 22 at Chesapeake Power Area.