By Shayden Smith
I wanted to begin this article talking about how Anthony Davis should come to the thunder and create an incredible duo of the triple-double king himself and the brow, but hasn’t everybody already heard that? So what should I talk about? Russel Westbrook getting his 23rd triple-double of the season, passing Larry Bird for fifth in all time triple-doubles? Don’t get me wrong, that’s an amazing feat, but all this talk about Westbrook achieving triple-doubles is getting repetitive. The real story from Wednesday night’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans was none other than the true MVP himself, Alex Abrines, who finished the night with 11 points off four of five shooting. Those sound like MVP numbers to me.
Now that we got the MVP talk out of the way, let’s talk about Westbrook’s performance from Wednesday night. Westbrook ended the night with 27 points, 12 boards and 10 assists. He now has 23 triple-doubles for this season alone, and he’s only 28-years-old. By the time I’m 28, I’ll probably just be figuring out what all the buttons do on my microwave. Westbrook is already in talks of going down as one of the greatest all-around basketball players to ever step out onto a court. Eat your heart out Steph Curry.
Westbrook’s historic performance was not the only reason the Thunder defeated the Pelicans Wednesday night. The stache bros both came out in an attempt to prove they deserve to be all-stars, and they did just that. Steven Adams finished the night with 20 points and 11 rebounds, proving he’s not just a defensive force. Enes Kanter finished with 17 points and 11 boards. Can we just give him the Sixth Man Award already, I mean, who else deserves it? Josh Huestis? Actually, please give the award to Huestis. That would make me happy.
We all know Andre Roberson has his troubles on the offensive end of the court. When Roberson takes “his” shots and plays with confidence, he could be a valuable asset to the Thunder’s core. He proved this Wednesday night, scoring eight off four of four shooting. We love these types of games from Roberson, but he should continue to stick with Defense for the most part.
Although the Pelicans played a well-rounded game, the Thunder were too much for them to handle, winning 114 – 105.