Russell Westbrook says Oklahoma City 'is a place I want to be'

After the Houston Rockets' 4-1 dispatch of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, James Harden and company look to play the victor of the Spurs-Grizzlies series.

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The Rockets beat the Thunder 105-99 to win their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series four games to one.

Westbrook can sign another (extension) in the ballpark of $220 million over five years this summer. OKC had its moments in that aspect of the game, but the Rockets expected that, the key was surviving, and they more than did that. James Harden left and joined the Rockets. Westbrook struggled late in games and as a result, so did the Thunder.

"Everything isn't always going to be flawless", Harden said. Then, the Spurs rattled off a 12-0 run that effectively ended the game and triggered both coach's closing lineups, one that sent the Memphis stars headed to the bench with their backs to the wall, and San Antonio's contemplating the importance of finishing this series off in Memphis in Game 6.

According to, Westbrook is first in assists (10.8), first in assist points created (25.0), and second in potential assists (20.4) while making 64.4 passes per game (4th).

Along with the actual series, I'd definitely give this war of words to Patrick Beverley.

Although, considering Westbrook's franchise loyalty, and in wake of his recent positive exit interview comments, there is no reason to indicate such a scenario will arise. But after harassing Westbrook into poor shooting in the fourth quarter throughout the first round while also shutting down Oklahoma City's secondary options, the Rockets are looking forward to how good they can be when their shots start to fall. Pretty soon, we're probably going to have two of them. The Thunder could potentially pursue Blake Griffin and others in NBA Free Agency 2017 if they are able to off load some of the contracts.

In addition to his single-season record for triple doubles, he also had the most points in a triple-double (57), was the only player with three 50-point triple-doubles and was also the quickest player to get to 50 points with a triple double in an National Basketball Association playoff game.

"I haven't even thought about that". I would like to stay, but we have to wait and see. We figured out another way and that's how we have to do it. While they only shot 35.7% from deep in the regular season (15th in the NBA) they averaged a league-leading 40.3 attempts. Maybe you should think a little harder about that.

Another difference for Houston in this series was the relentless play of Beverley.

Westbrook's line speaks volumes: 47 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, 15-of-34 shooting.

"That's how we played the whole series", Williams said.

But the facts are the facts, and every time he sat it turned out to be a turning point in the game.

  • Salvatore Jensen