By Shayden Smith
Have you ever noticed how crazy some of the players’ hair is for the Boston Celtics? With a combination of Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, and Jae Crowder, the Celtics easily have the coolest hair in the business. I would be lying if I told you I didn’t think about that a lot during one of the most exiting games so far this NBA season. Anyway, the Boston Celtics came into Oklahoma Sunday night in an attempt to take down the unhuman, super-being that is Russell Westbrook in one of the most up and down, but insanely amusing, games I’ve seen in a while.
The Celtics came into Sunday short-handed, missing all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas. That’s great for the Thunder, but aren’t you a little upset about that? The opportunity to see Westbrook and Thomas going at it? Oh well, we still have the all-star game and the NBA finals to see that… am I right?
Both teams had a rough start. It actually felt like there was lid on the basket. Shots weren’t falling for anyone and tempers were rising. Jae Crowder was one of the main highlights for the Celtics scoring 18 points and putting the team on his back through much of the first quarter. Due to some fantastic Thunder offense… wink, Crowder got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out of the game, giving the Thunder a much-needed edge.
Now let’s talk about Oklahoma’s golden child… from California. Westbrook has been on a tear lately with seven straight triple-doubles. With a triple-double Sunday night, Westbrook could surpass Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson for second all-time in consecutive triple-doubles. As an Oklahoman, I wanted Westbrook to earn that triple-double more than I wanted my back to stop hurting from binge watching too much Game of Thrones. It’s just a fantastic show, but anyway, back to Westbrook. He showed Sunday night that the main thing he cares about is winning. Without the win, the triple-double means nothing. This is why Westbrook is the real MVP, sorry mama Durant. Westbrook will do whatever he has to do to win the game.
Westbrook showed just that on Sunday night, finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Not a triple-double, but without Westbrook’s heroics, the Thunder could not have won that game. The Thunder had a horrible shooting night from three, knocking down just three of 21. With No Victor Oladipo, who suffered a hard fall early in the game, and trailing by 10, the Thunder showed heart as Westbrook and the gang played incredible defense and hit some big shots down the stretch. The Thunder defeated the short-handed Celtics 99 – 96.
Photo by Zach Beeker