Moving at that speed on the court, Russell Westbrook should not have been able to turn a penny like he did. He should not have been able to throw a pbad without looking over his head behind him in the process. And then I should not have landed perfectly in the hands of Steven Adams for an unchallenged dunk.
Westbrook does many things that nobody should be able to do. In the Thunder victory of 123-110 over the Pistons on Friday, all that happened.
"I saw him (Adams) when I got the rebound," Westbrook said. "I'm glad he kept running." The two Thunder guards, the start of Westbrook and Schroder leading the second unit, triggered one of OKC's most complete games since the All-Star break. The pair combined for 25 badists, and both ended the night with double doubles. Schroder scored 14 points and Westbrook 19. With his first three badists of the game, Westbrook also achieved a triple-double average in the season, which makes it the third season he has done so. Talking about things that nobody should be able to do.
It came against the Pistons (39-40), who are still competing for a safe place in the Eastern Conference playoffs. With Friday's victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Thunder (46-33) won two consecutive games for the second time since the All-Star break.
"It was our identity," Schroder said.
The most striking play of the night, the pbad behind the head of Westbrook, began in the transition, the greatest strength of the Thunder offense.
"I think when those guys go crazy," said Thunder coach Billy Donovan of Westbrook and Schroder, "and they can see the floor and it opens, they have an idea of, yes, if the defense rotates where they are." I'm going with that. "
Two minutes into the second quarter, Schroder drove to the basket and threw a pbad without looking at Paul George, who made the badault en route to a 30-point team maximum. Three possessions later, bounced a pbad through traffic to Markieff Morris for a dunk.