Russell Westbrook Has Meltdown During Big Win Over Grizzlies
(KTVI) – Oklahoma City Thunder fans have had many developments to get accustomed to since the team arrived prior to the 2008-09 NBA season. Among these developments is having one of the best players in the league on their team, consecutive winning seasons and a point guard that can become unpredictable at times.
Strangely, OKC held a commanding lead when the unpredictability of their talented guard, Russell Westbrook, boiled over into a meltdown Thursday night. According to CBS Sports, there were heated words exchanged between Westbrook and teammate Thabo Sefolosha that triggered Westbrook’s frustration and eventual blow-up.
The exchange came following a five-second violation called against the point guard and apparently the Thunder’s 25-point cushion wasn’t enough to absolve Westbrook from being criticized. After the exchange Westbrook briefly took himself out of the game and his frustration over the situation showed while sitting on the bench. Oklahoma went on to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 106 – 89.
In past seasons, Westbrook’s decision making ability has been questioned on when he should defer to fellow teammate and league leading scorer Kevin Durant. Sports critics have times have attributed the decision making to the growing pains the team has have to endured as Westbrook matures.
Westbrook is currently seventh in the league in scoring averaging 22.5 points per game. His production overall has helped his team to the second best record in the Western Conference as they prepare for another title run.
For the full story: CBS Sports