Not only that, but OKC is now set to take on the Utah Jazz (5) in the first round.
The 6-foot-3 point guard has received much criticism over his playing style, with many believing he hunts for individual numbers over team success. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Brewer will undergo further evaluation Thursday. By contrast, having lost superstar forward Kevin Durant to the rival Warriors in the previous offseason, big things were not expected from the 2016-17 Thunder, and Westbrook's exploits created a sense that he was more or less strapping the team to his back on the way to a sixth-place finish in the ultracompetitive Western Conference. The thinking all season was the Thunder were built for the postseason.
Westbrook finished the game with six points, 19 assists and 20 rebounds and ended his regular season campaign with an average of 25.6 points, 10.1 assists and 10 rebounds. G Alex Abrines (concussion protocol) did not play. Someone needs to fill Roberson's minutes, and it's unclear which player that should be.
"We're headed in the right direction", said George, who walked off a victor in Miami for the third time in 21 appearances.
Last year, Russell Westbrook earned an MVP for becoming the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double over an entire season.
I enjoy Westbrook owning the fact the he wants all the rebounds, and he's going to take it from you if you're not fast enough, teammate or not.
"Obviously, I thought we had plays where we could have prevented points, but for the most part, they (Memphis) just played really well tonight", George said.
Westbrook came into the final game of the season needing 16 rebounds to hit the triple-double mark. And that most definitely is not good.
The record was on Westbrook's mind from the opening tipoff Wednesday as he had just one point and 11 rebounds at halftime.
As Westbrook's motto says, "Why Not?"
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday. But this time, there was some stat padding involved. "This is an honor that anyone in the National Basketball Association would want, but it's only Russ who holds it". So if you're bad at math like me, Westbrook needed 16 boards to make-up that 0.1 rebound-per-game margin to complete the triple-double season.
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in action against the Washington Wizards during at Capital One Arena on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
This season's stat line was a bit less flashy, as the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony naturally took the ball out of Westbrook's hands. "Even if you think you can pull it off, it'll cost you".
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