Something remarkable is happening in the NBA…and it does not involve LeBron James. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is en fuego and smoking opponents at will, all while wearing a protective face guard.
The media are running out of superlatives to underline the magnitude of Russell Westbrook’s last four performances. One triple-double was impressive, a second was surprising.
His third was incredible, but a fourth triple double in as many games was nothing short of supersonic (props for the old school franchise pun for all you NBA aficionados).
Triple-doubles are the equivalent of perfect hat-tricks in football, but much harder to achieve considering it includes all aspects of a player’s game. Anyone can score thirty points, but few can display an all-round performance that constitutes a triple double.
To put things into perspective, it took ‘His Airness’, Michael Jordan, fifteen years to get twenty-eight triple doubles. Russell Westbrook has four in less than two weeks.
OKC’s star performer is riding the crest of a tsunami filled with dunks, rebounds and assists. On Wednesday night in Oklahoma, the former UCLA man finished his shift with a stunning 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, leading OKC to an OT win over the Sixers.
The Chesapeake Energy Arena was electric on Wednesday; Westbrook continuing to illuminate Oklahoma with his phenomenal and downright preposterous performances of perfection.
This year’s MVP race was thought to be dominated by James Harden, Steph Curry and LeBron James. Not anymore.
It’s time for The Rock to move over. Russell Westbrook, the Masked Menace, is now the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.