A season that'll never be forgotten thanks to this man, Russell Westbrook. In a year where NBA headlines were dominated by players resting and off the court drama, Russell Westbrook was the one constant headline for actual NBA games. Another triple double for Westbrook, can he break the record, oh there he goes scoring 50 again, these were the type of headlines surrounding Westbrook all season, and that's something the NBA should thank him for. If it weren't for Westbrook this entire regular season would've been irrelevant because this was the year of the triple double, and Russell Westbrook is officially king of the triple double.
42. 42 triple doubles, what a machine. More impressive he averaged a triple double throughout the year. Yeah he didn't shoot a great percentage, he turned the ball over a little more than he should've, but at the end of the day no one played harder than Russell Westbrook. He'd take rebounds from his own teammates that's how badly he wanted the ball in his hands. The man is a cold blooded killer on the court that just wants to be fed constantly. Not only did he break a 40 year old record that no one ever thought would be touched, he also did it while winning the scoring title. I realize Westbrook had the ball in his hands a lot, however he averaged like 9 minutes less than Oscar Robertson, and still averaged better numbers. Gotta respect that. His performance last night was just the cherry on top.
He captured his triple double, but what's the record mean if you get it in a loss, so what does Russ decide to do, go complete ape shit. He'd end up dropping 50 points, to make it even sweeter the final 3 points he got to get him to 50 came off a buzzer beater 3 to win the game. The shot was also from 40 feet away, so pretty impressive stuff. Oh yeah, it also knocked the Nuggets out of playoff contention. Russ is so universally beloved he was receiving high fives from the fans in Denver as he walked off the court after he had just eliminated their team from the playoffs, now that's respect. How could one not love what Russell is doing, he's doing it all so what's not to love.
We all witnessed history, history that'll probably never happen again, even though that's probably what they said when Big O did it almost half a century ago. I definitley have mixed opinions about what the triple double is truly all about and all that nitpicking of Russell's game, although today is not the time or place for that. Westbrook is hands down my favorite player to watch in the league since he's by far the most explosive human being on planet earth. The triple double king has sat on his throne after a season full of hard work, but now comes the playoffs, so no time to take a break. The postseason is where true legends are made. If Russ wants regular season accolades and recognition that's cool and great for the league. However, if he wants to be known as great or even a legend, the time to lead your team to victory is the postseason. In the first round he'll take on a familiar friend, James Harden, hopefully we're in for a special treat with the top two MVP candidates facing off. Can the triple double king somehow find a way to create chaos in the western conference playoffs, or will his outstanding regular season be overshadowed by a disappointing early exit?