CHICAGO — With 12 factors, 13 rebounds and 13 badists in opposition to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night time, Russell Westbrook has just one group that he hasn’t recorded a triple-double in opposition to, and he most likely will not get to cross that one off.
The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder are actually the one group Westbrook hasn’t recorded a triple-double in opposition to, after he notched his third of the season and 82nd of his profession in a 101-69 win over the Bulls.
Already well-entrenched within the NBA report e-book for his triple-doubles, Westbrook added one other mark: He’s the one participant in NBA historical past to report a triple-double in opposition to each group he has confronted.
“He had one in opposition to us in follow,” Carmelo Anthony mentioned jokingly afterward.
Westbrook mentioned he did not know he’d achieved the feat.
“Simply get a win. That is all I did, that is all I fear about — getting a win,” he mentioned. “Blissful it may come in opposition to them.”
“It is particular,” George mentioned. “Man, that is a particular participant. He is solidifying himself early as a Corridor of Famer.
“It was loopy to see taking part in in opposition to him, and it is even crazier to see him doing it night time in and night time out being on his group. It is loopy. There’s not a participant that is been on this league that is been at his [effort] stage.”
Towards the overmatched Bulls, the Thunder offense flowed from the opening tip, scoring 15 factors in three minutes. Westbrook was on the coronary heart of it. Enjoying alongside George and Anthony has been an adjustment for Westbrook, however he has settled previously 4 video games and is again to his normal stat-stuffing self.
After averaging a triple-double final season, Westbrook is averaging 22.6 factors, 9.2 rebounds and 12.Zero badists six video games into this season.
“I attempt by no means — being on the sidelines and dealing with him — ever take it without any consideration as a result of he is such a novel particular person,” coach Billy Donovan mentioned. “And greater than the rest with him, it is actually his mentality that I’ve nice respect for and an admiration that I like. He is an old-school, simply convey it, he simply has sure values in the best way the sport is meant to [be] performed from a aggressive standpoint. He performs harm. He performs drained. He performs sore. And his effort that he offers when he will get these triple-doubles, yeah, I do not take a look at it and say, ‘Eh, it is simply him being him.’ I notice the quantity of effort it takes and the dedication it takes on his half to go on the market and try this, influence the sport in so many alternative areas.”
The development continues from final season, when the Thunder went 33-9 in video games during which Westbrook registered a triple-double. This season, they’re Three-Zero when he will get one and Zero-Three when he would not. The pattern dimension is clearly skinny so early into the season, however Westbrook’s rebounding seems to be a difference-maker. After downsizing the roster by including Anthony and beginning him at energy ahead, the Thunder, traditionally a dominant rebounding group, have struggled on the glbad.
“He is one of the best man I’ve ever seen doing that. He has an unimaginable knack for the ball, after which clearly his explosiveness and his pace and his quickness getting there in a rush,” Donovan mentioned. “However he has nice anticipation capability. He is one of the best loose-ball man I’ve ever seen.”