SAN ANTONIO – Russell Westbrook crossed midfield, Paul George flanked him on the wing, the Oklahoma City Thunder 18 seconds behind three. It was painstakingly clear what would come next; it was only a question of how hard, how far and whether this upcoming 3-point attempt came or not.
Westbrook took a dribble to cut back to his left, freeing enough room for Patty Mills to start. Westbrook knew right away when he left his hand and chased after his shot when he missed everything and hit the baseline. Westbrook kept running, leaning on the basket and patting the upholstery. The San Antonio Spurs struck some free throws, Paul George hit a 3, the Spurs fired more free throws and that was a 1
Two minutes earlier, Westbrook caught all air on another 3-pointer, this one with the thunder down five. The piece by piece lists it as a 28-foot, but it felt more like a 48-foot, and came with five seconds on the Schuss-Uhr.
Russell Westbrook shoots two air balls against the Spurs near the game.
Westbrook loves late-risings, with his unwavering confidence often putting the ball in the basket. This did not have that result and is the kind of shot that keeps Westbrook polarized forever. He can make a defensive rebound and run 94 feet for a dunk in five seconds, but the reputation of the wild 3 is too much to refuse.
He has an ugly fourth quarter for the Thunder, with only 18 points covered and Westbrook in the heart of it. He went 2 out of 8 off the ground and had two costly turnovers. He sat in his locker after the game in his full uniform, bedded deep in his chair, staring blankly at nothing in particular. He got up, leaned over to grab his feet, and stood there for a few seconds. The weight of the loss and the aftermath of the failures seemed to keep Westbrook in check. But when asked if he looked back with regret, Westbrook served up.
"What do you think?" he said, his eyes blinked about 400 times, a classic Westbrook told of trouble. "You know me."
The irony is evident because Westbrook has won an MVP because of those moments, the round numbers were important, but it was not an additional respite that earned him the honors It was The Moments, the Big Shots, the games that changed the game, and most of them were the No-No-No-No-Yes 3 points, and his entire post-go interview consisted of three questions and a total of 55 Words and ended up saying "you know me" and walked away.
After losing the thunder to the Spurs, as Russell Westbrook late in the fourth quarter after his two questionable 3- Pointers is asked, antwor Does he say, "What do you mean? You know me. "
But this answer was like a picture that Westbrook and his words painted a thousand words of mindset He made the recordings last season, many went in. He made the shots on Thursday, they did not go in ( or hit any part of the basketball goal structure) and he will take them back sometime.
"I trust him in these situations. He is very intelligent and he is very smart, "said Thunder coach Billy Donovan," I will trust him in these situations.
"I never think that's about it, just as I think it's about competitiveness and the willingness to go out and try to win a game," Donovan said. I've always admired him for not shying away from it. And it makes him sort of what he is as a player. And in most cases, you will not win as many games as you'll miss. That's just the reality of it. But it is the courage to go up and down in the night and to believe in yourself to take such pictures. "
It was the same story for Westbrook, his whole career, he's a brilliant playmaker, and an ice-cold shotmaker who's so big for his fighting spirit and will to win.
Donovan said, as a team, the thunder generated did not eat good shots in the fourth quarter, and it's true – it was about me hr as two Westbrook trials. But everything ties in with him, whether George gets only three shots in the fourth, or Carmelo Anthony zero after starting 3 out of 3 out of 3-point territory.
"I think it was just us, to be honest," Steven Adams said the offense stagnated. "I think it was just us, just trying to get better shots, buddy, do not get me wrong, everyone's just trying to win, everyone's trying to make the right game to win, but right now so what always the game is, "That's it. I have to live with it. I think it matters. Execution, buddy. Performing our pieces. "
The Thunder have weathered all questions well, if their big experiment works, there were bumps along the way, but Westbrook, George and Anthony can play together, sometimes pretty well, but when there's a loss, there's more The volume and errors of the evening are highlighted, and what turned the thunder season was that Westbrook realized that everything still had to go through him, and her ironic struggle began early with his trying too hard to make the fitting work As soon as Westbrook grabbed the wheel and headed for the bus again, the thunder found itself.
On Thursday against the Spurs, the bus hit a pothole and got out of control Do not live in the past and do not bother with the mistakes or the brands, he has become one of the best in the NBA, the door strikes in the crunch time, but with Anthony and George at the side, the clear freedom of consequence has disappeared. The Thunder has lost to the Spurs for many reasons, but Westbrook is taking over. It never really bothered him in the past, and sure, not now.