Oscar Robertson rooting for Russell Westbrook to break triple-double record
Apr 05 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Oklahoma City Thunder Stating Lineups: PG Russell Westbrook, SG Victor Oladipo, SF Andre Roberson, PF Taj Gibson, C Steven Adams. And the marquee matchup contains some compelling storylines that make it quite a bit more captivating than your average regular-season contest.
OK, enough stalling and let's get to it. Malcolm Brogdon's absence is a troubling development for a Bucks' team sorely in need of backcourt help defensively and offensively.
The Milwaukee Bucks signed Gary Payton II to a multi-year deal on Sunday, as the team looks to add depth at the point guard spot entering the playoffs. Although the percentages were a little higher prior to OKC's 110-95 loss to San Antonio on March, the Thunder have won a shade over 40 percent of their matchups with playoff teams. Charlotte has six games remaining. "I can't show up my team-mates, that's for sure, especially Double T worked hard for our team, he's a big-time player".
The Hornets have really been playing some of their best basketball of the season and a win here would keep them with in the hunt for a playoff berth.
Thunder: Will host Milwaukee on Tuesday to wrap up a three-game homestand.
But it's impossible to ignore what Westbrook has done. Westbrook is averaging 31.9 points (leading the league), 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists. In that game, he has a chance to tie Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles from back in the 1961-1962 season.
Recording his sixth-straight triple-double, Westbrook now has 40 on the season, trailing Oscar Robertson's all-time single-season record by just one. For the last couple of seasons I've been under the assumption that Stephen Curry would be the best one-on-one player because his virtually unlimited shooting range combined with his ball-handling skills make him almost impossible to guard.
Head coach Jason Kidd is making Payton an insurance at the position as starter Malcolm Brogdon continues to have back problems.
A triple-double is the accumulation of a double-digit number total in three of the five basketball box-score categories in a game.
"You've got to be ready".
The second quarter was pretty bad for the guys in Silver and Black as the Thunder started to hit their stride, with Russell Westbrook hitting consecutive three-point shots while being guarded by Tony Parker to push their lead to 43-26.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points to lead the Spurs. Such is the ying and yang of the Westbrook experience, and the fact Milwaukee is just one of three teams that's held him without a triple-double may give him extra incentive to tornado through the Bucks' defense.
"I think it's Westbrook". He's at 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists through 74 games.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Although, if you count Giannis Antetokounmpo as a guard he might take the title.