Westbrook averages triple double again
Coming into the game on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Russell Westbrook needed 16 rebounds to secure a triple-double average for a second straight season. Against the Memphis Grizzlies, he grabbed 20 rebounds to go along with 19 assists and six points. Westbrook finished the campaign with averages of 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 10 rebounds per game. Over the last two seasons, he has made the accomplishment of a triple double seem almost pedestrian.
Going into the final day of the season, playoff seeding in the Western Conference was still largely undetermined. With the victory against the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City moved to 48-34. The Thunder’s record places them in sixth in the conference. They will take on the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. The first game of the series will take place on April 14 or 15 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
Lately, attention has surrounded Paul George’s and Carmelo Anthony’s shooting struggles with Westbrook at point guard. George showed no signs of such a slump in game 82. He poured in 40 points on 13-of-20 shooting, going 8-of-14 from 3-point range and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.