Tuesday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook’s Greatness Can’t Be Found in Stats Alone

December 27th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

LeBron James may be "The King," but Russell Westbrook is the undisputed master of triple-doubles. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar emerged with his 15th trip-dub of the 2016-17 campaign Tuesday, exploding for 29 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists during a 106-94 victory over the Miami Heat. This one was never in doubt, since he entered halftime just two rebounds shy of the statistical feat. 

As we've seen so many times this year, Westbrook was nothing short of spectacular in myriad facets of the game. He routinely skied above everyone, fighting through traffic for contested boards. He exploded to the rim in transition, changing speeds to keep the defense off balance before finishing the play. And even while moving at hyperspeed, he was able to see passing lanes no one else could even imagine. 

CBSSports.com's James Herbert explained this perfectly, hinting at how Westbrook's ability to play with a unique, out-of-control aggressiveness puts him in complete control: 

He elevates for jumpers half a beat before you would expect someone to do so. He contorts himself in traffic so he can ...

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