Rockets determined to play better in conference semis

The best course of action for Westbrook and the Thunder is to keep Russ on the contract that he’s on right now and use cap space to sign more lethal perimeter players. “I think from myself to every guy down in that locker room did an wonderful job all year long”, he said.

After watching the Houston Rockets dispatch the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, Olajuwon shared he think’s this team can be very special. “And that’s I think why I’m excited because those guys are going to step up and make big shots in the next series”. Westbrook is signed through the 2017-18 season, with a player option on the following year, but the Thunder would obviously like to have a longer commitment from their franchise player. Westbrook’s stellar play has him slotted as the favorite for this year’s MVP award, and it would be well-deserved if he walks home with the hardware.

“He looked up and said: ‘No one can guard me, I’ve got 40 points, ‘” Beverley said. “Like you don’t care about my baby?” he said. You could hear and feel the roar of the crowds, the awe he inspired from fans, teammates, opponents and former legends like the great Robertson himself.

It was the theme of a tight, five-game series – though Westbrook never wanted to talk about it.

For most franchises, losing a player like Durant-arguably one of the top three players in the world-would usher in years of lottery contention.

The defeat brought a close to a historic season for Westbrook, who joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double and beat Robertson’s 55-year-old record for most triple-doubles in a regular season with 42.

Russell Westbrook was all kinds of spectacular this season, averaging triple-doubles, breaking impossible records and likely locking up enough votes to win league MVP. “He was the reason we got back into it and took a seven-point lead”.

The Oklahoma City Thunder front office had a full plate on their hands, which was to retain Kevin Durant’s services.

“We’re a force to be reckoned with. we’re winning games off defense and that has been our Achilles heel the whole entire season”, Beverley said. Despite their bouts of dominant play against Russell Westbrook’s Thunder, Houston is not guaranteed to advance past the semifinals due to some glaring issues in their roster composition. It was a role he had to adapt to but often excelled in.

Or you could ask Billy Donovan, couldn’t you have made these pieces work together a little bit better?

Do you put stock into the player doing literally everything for his team to have a chance? The game ended with both coaches emptying their benches, but we got there in a much different fashion than normal.

Can another team offer Westbrook more money in free agency? But the biggest thing Westbrook is going to have to add to his game will be diaper changing – a challenge he’s ready to take on.

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