Westbrook closes in on history with 40th triple-double

The Thunder will be back in action on Tuesday against the Bucks as Westbrook looks to tie Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles.

Westbrook nearly certainly will be the first player since Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double for an entire season.

"Posting double-figures in points, rebounds and assists as a 6'4" point guard for a string of games in a row is daunting enough, but considering that he's also the NBA's leading scorer, it makes his case for being named the league MVP even stronger.

Russ is thus on the cusp of history, as well as being in the hunt for NBA Most Valuable Player honors.

"He's making big plays", Thunder center Enes Kanter said.

Oklahoma City enters play at 43-33 on the year and in sixth place in the Western Conference. In that time span, the Thunder have nearly played their way out of a No. 4 or 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

"When he first got here, he competed like insane like he does now, he had a ton of talent, but he was just out there trying to beat his man and just compete".

"It's that time of year". Get access to expert picks, top trends and the best analysis for the National Basketball Association playoffs. "We've got to find a way to win on the road against a very talented team in Oklahoma City".

"He puts his stamp on every play", Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks told The Oklahoman.

"I've watched him on TV so many games I nearly feel like I'm playing one of my teammates", Antetokounmpo said. "I don't mean this in any disrespect to Charlotte, but they are desperate", Donovan said. They're just 3-4 in their last seven games including three losses to potential playoff opponents - the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs. I like playing against desperate teams, because what it does is it exposes what you have to do to really compete at that extraordinary high level.

This game against the Bucks presents the Thunder with another battle against a playoff-bound team. They are 5 1/2 games behind Portland for the eighth playoff spot in the West. Portland could eliminate New Orleans with a victory over Minnesota on Monday.

Westbrook has 40 in 76 games but did not have one against the Bucks in the meeting between the two teams earlier this season.

Milwaukee (40-37) didn't help itself by losing 109-105 to Dallas on Sunday. Eastern Time at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, April 4.

"I know everyone in this locker room knows it", Dellavedova told the Journal Sentinel. "Just got to take better care of the ball". "We're trying to get a seed". "That's when we're sharing the ball and that's our identity".

Westbrook scored 40-points, secured 13 rebounds and provided 10 assists. "That's the game, and we move on". Whether he matches those numbers or exceeds them is of little importance to Antetokounmpo as long as the game result remains the same. "Antetokounmpo is playing at the four so all of us are going to have to stop him and all the other players around him".

  • Carolyn Briggs