Take your medicine, OKC fans.
Do whatever it takes to gulp it down. Because this one's gonna hurt.
Your Thunder are losing games left and right, and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook is the single biggest reason why.
OKC fans never wanna admit when Westbrook has a bad game, they'll just go ahead and blame Melo regardless of how well he plays lmao.— Chris Nano (@ChrisNano10) November 10, 2017
That's right. And I'm not taking it back.
Because I've actually watched the guy play this year.
Last season, when the ball-dominating matador looked like the NBA's clutch king, we thought we were seeing the beginnings of Russ 2.0, a fierce and relentless athletic force that was the perfect man to take the ball in the closing seconds with a game on the line.
Go ahead and try to blame Carmelo Anthony all you want. Try to blame Paul George, who at least plays defense even when the shots aren't falling. And good luck blaming Billy Donovan, the same coach that pushed the 73-win Warriors to the absolute brink in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
Russell Westbrook's shooting struggles continue in Thunder loss on Thursday https://t.co/zKWc2lNxeM— numberFire NBA (@numberFire_NBA) November 10, 2017
A deeper look reveals the rot.
Did you know that Westbrook trails one of his teammates in a majority of the most important statistical categories? And no, I don't mean Melo or PG13. I mean Steven Adams. Steven. Adams.
Yes! Seriously! In fact, let's list some of the major stats for which Russ trails the Big Kiwi:
- Win Shares
- True Shooting Percentage
- Offensive Rating
- Box Plus-Minus (BPM)
- Player Efficiency Rating (PER)
You can't make this stuff up. Additionally, not only does Westbrook (No. 68) rank a full 36 places behind Adams (No. 32) in PER, he also places behind such non-stars as Elfrid Payton, James Johnson, Evan Fournier, John Collins, Domantas Sabonis, Jordan Clarkson, Tyreke Evans.
Russell Westbrook last 6 Games— WWWWW (9-3) (@bigguccicurry) November 10, 2017
12 pts 38% FG
12 pts 41% FG
19 pts 35% FG
25 pts 40% FG
20 pts 33% FG
13 pts 27% FG
OKC is not 0-6 against Western Conference teams. Just Turrible.