Russell Westbrook’s Triple-Doubles Are All Natural

December 8th, 2016 by Jon Hamm Leave a reply »

Russell Westbrook posted a sixth straight triple-double Monday night in Atlanta. The NBA hasn't seen such a streak since Michael Jordan ripped off seven in a row late during the 1988-89 season.

Coincidentally, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won six straight games. With Monday night's victory, the Thunder are now 9-2 this season when Westbrook posts a triple-double.

While he has accumulated 11 such feats, the rest of the NBA has 13 combined.

Does the Thunder's success rest solely in Westbrook's hands? That's not the case, according to his coach and teammates.

"We're not relying on it, looking at it like 'Oh, we need his triple-double,'" center Steven Adams said. "All we need from him is his energy and just…his normal self."

Well, 31.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 11.3 assists per night is apparently Westbrook's "normal self."

He's managed to turn the extraordinary into ordinary.

But don't catch yourself looking at Westbrook's triple-doubles from the wrong vantage point: It's not necessarily that the Thunder are winning because of what Westbrook is doing. It's that he's rac ...

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