By Shayden Smith
What kind of name is Dragan Bender? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s an awesome name. I would love to have the name Dragan. I’d call myself the Dragan master of basketball, well, if I was seven foot one and played in the NBA. That being said, Dragan Bender and the Phoenix Suns came into Oklahoma City Saturday evening to take on the struggling Thunder.
The Thunder lost their last two games in an embarrassing fashion. Russell Westbrook hasn’t been playing with the scary confidence that usually surrounds him and the team hasn’t been shooting well. Needless to say, our beloved Thunder guys have seen better days, but Saturday evening was a different story. Every Thunder player came into the game with a Westbrook mentality. That’s just scary. A whole team playing with the ferocity of Russell Westbrook? That would make any grown man run for the hills.
The Thunder’s hustle game was a huge reason for their success against the Suns. Shooting 50.6 percent from the field is awesome, but it’s the things you don’t see on paper that made the Thunder so dominant Saturday evening. It felt like every single player dove on the floor at some point in the game. I have a little more respect for Kyle Singler after seeing him dive on the floor to give the Thunder the ball. I would say Singler for MVP because, I mean, he’s incredible, but there’s still a guy I haven’t mentioned yet.
Mr. Triple-double is at it again. To say he had just a triple-double would be a bigger understatement then saying Nick Collison is the coolest person on the court at all times, which we all know he is. Westbrook ended the night with 26 points, 11 rebound and 22 assists… yeah, I know, crazy. Tonight was the first 20 20 10 in 18 years. I’m still shaking from excitement from Westbrook’s performance. He scored well, made some big hustle plays and he got his teammates good shots. If you didn’t think Westbrook should win the MVP award yet, well, tonight was a pretty good case in his favor. Also Westbrook notched his 50th triple-double to add on to his historic night, so that’s pretty cool I guess.
Although a great performance from Devin Booker with 31 points, the Suns could not take down the super being that is Russell Westbrook. The Thunder break their two game losing streak beating the Suns 114 – 101.