Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most elusive scorers in the NBA
Clutch time Russell Westbrook...uh, about that... pic.twitter.com/n5l1xOGbMa— 12up (@12upSport) February 3, 2019
There have been 72 triple-doubles this year, 11 of which have been net negative contributions. Westbrook has 7 of those 11 negative triple doubles (and 12 positive ones). He's had 22 negative triple doubles in the last three seasons, more than the rest of the league combined. pic.twitter.com/hViGrFTxwO— Dean Oliver (@DeanO_Lytics) February 4, 2019
Westbrook has a remarkable seven of the NBA's 11 negative triple doubles this season.
It is the point guard's job to find the open man and distribute the ball in order to find your team the best possible opportunity to score. When it comes down to the last moments of the game, Westbrook needs to evaluate the situation, not automatically take over and play selfishly.
Of course, it's even more glaring when Westbrook's clutch-time antics ruin a game because of how incredible Paul George's 2018-19 season has been, especially in the waning moments of a tight game.
When it comes down to crunch time, Westbrook has to get better at handling the ball and positively contributing to his team, not ultimately embodying the reason they lose.