Russell Westbrook went off again last night, scoring a career-high 58 points in the Thunder's fourth straight loss, falling 126-121 to the Trail Blazers, but instead of talking about his 58 point, 9 assist game, the focus once again falls on where Russ came up short. In the final minutes of the game, RussBrook missed 3 big shots, all of which were potential game-tying or go ahead shots.
Now, lets not get it twisted in any way, no blame for any shortcomings for the Thunder can fall on the shoulders of Russell Westbrook this season. The Thunder have holes all over their depth chart, and with only two other players scoring in double-digits and Russell accounting for 9 of the teams 16 assists, there is clearly a lack of support for the Thunder's MVP candidate. But do games like this hurt Russell's MVP argument? I mean, in one sense he dropped 58 points on just under 55% from the field, with 9 assists - that's about as strong of a stat line as you can have. But yet, when the game came down to the line, Russell struggled, as he has at points this season. The Thunder have played in more close games than they want to, and the ball is always in Russell's hands, as they would want it, and he has been the hero more than a few times, but he has come up short as well.
If you ask me, Russell has to be the MVP as long as the Thunder make the playoffs, no if's, and's or but's, but I also think Russell has been snubbed the last two season for the NBA's most annoying and over-hyped player, Steph Curry, but that's neither here nor there. This Thunder team is bad. They are not good, and any other superstar would be struggling to win each and every night just as Russell is, but not many could come out each and every single night and still bring it like Russ does, putting the team on your back and lighting up the stat sheet while he's at it.
Russ for MVP.
Russ for 46th President.
KD is a cupcake.
PS - GET OUT OF HIS WAY