Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder has had a tough couple of days. He had the unfortunate controversy with an idiot Jazz fan on Monday Night, which blew up all over the media and TV. But Westbrook turned it all around last night and had one of his best games of the season. Why? Because he finally found his jump shot.
Westbrook has been shooting terribly this year and has been trying to grind himself out of his shooting slump all season. Before the All-Star break, he was shooting a gruesome 24.9 percent from the 3-point line. But in the 11 games since the break, he’s attempted nearly twice as many three-pointers per game (8.7) as he was before it (4.7) and improved his percentage to 38.5 percent.
This is great and all, but in the 11 years he’s been in the league, Russell has never been that great with his shooting abilities. If only Westbrook could just keep his percentage this high, or shoot for the stars and be even higher, it would make this Thunder team next level. Take last night as an example. Westbrook and sidekick Paul George combined for 56 points against the Brooklyn Nets and Westbrook finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. They came back from a double-digit deficit at half time, then started shooting incredibly well and took over the game to win 108-96.
Can you even imagine if Westbrook was a cold-blooded shooter like James Harden? Get that man 20 shooting coaches and watch him take over this league.
Catch you Monday.