With 21.8 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds per game, Russell Westbrook averages a triple-double in the entire season for the fourth time in his career. Still, it seems nobody cares anymore because fans are so used to him getting triple-doubles on a nightly basis. For the past several years, Westbrook is impacting the game on so many levels, which can be seen if you look at the numbers he is posting. However, none of that translated to greater success in the postseason, which is why he often gets criticized by some media members and fans.
In last night’s game, Westbrook recorded another triple-double; however, the Wizards lost in overtime against the Spurs, which was their first loss after an eight-game winning streak. The game against the Spurs marked Westbrook’s 29th triple-double this season and 175th overall in his career. He is only seven triple-doubles away from passing Oscar Robertson as the all-time leader in triple-doubles which is a big success by all means.
After the game against the Spurs, Westbrook talked about his triple-doubles and the fact nobody values them anymore as they used to. Westbrook said he takes pride in his ability to be a versatile player while impacting the game on so many different levels. He is convinced that people undermine what he is doing, simply stating that everybody would do it if it was so easy.
I take pride in every single night leaving it all on the floor. I honestly believe there is no player like myself. There is no player like myself. And if people want to take it for granted, sorry for them. But I’m pretty sure if everybody could do it, they would do it. I make sure I impact the game in many ways every night, defending, rebounding, passing whatever it is that my team needs in order to win, and that is what I do.Russell Westbrook
Westbrook doesn’t care about criticism anymore and people calling him a stat padder. He also made a great point on people celebrating Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson for getting all those triple-doubles but bashing him simultaneously for doing the same, even at a much higher level than these two legends of the game.
I honestly don’t care what nobody thinks about it. I don’t care if somebody thinks I’m stat padding. I think it’s interesting when they say it’s not useful when I’m doing it. It wasn’t useful when Magic and Oscar and those guys were doing it. Now that I do it and it looks easy, this s**t ain’t easy, though. I take a lot of pride and preparation. I take pride in taking care of my body and competing every night. I don’t take nights off. I’m okay with the results going out and competing, and if it’s a triple-double, then sure, why not. That is my motto, why not continue to keep going.Russell Westbrook
Whatever you think of Westbrook as a player, you can’t deny the fact that he is always prepared, motivated, and ready to win ball games. He is incredibly consistent and rarely sits out games, which is rare among NBA players nowadays. There is no question he will surpass Oscar Robertson in triple-doubles even this season, which is a testament to his greatness, incredible versatility, and overall impact Westbrook has on the game.
The Wizards are three games away from the 8th spot in the eastern conference, and hopefully, they will continue playing in the same way they did for the past weeks because that will put them in a position to make the playoffs. Westbrook and Beal are finally getting some playing time together, and it seems it’s a good fit because they are finally finding some balance. Westbrook’s versatility allows Beal to focus on scoring, which he does so well, and hopefully, we’ll see the Wizards make that final push for the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook on triple-doubles: “There is no player like myself. And if people want to take it for granted, sorry for them. But I’m pretty sure if everybody could do it, they would do it. … Shit ain’t easy though, I’ll tell you that. It ain’t easy, I take a lot of pride.” pic.twitter.com/L5Rt7Ip2H9
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