By Shayden Smith
As this incredible NBA season dies down, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies are fighting for the sixth spot in the West. The Grizz thought it would take a win Wednesday night as the Thunder came into town, but it forgot about one person: Nick Collison. Collison finished the night with a whole rebound. How can someone not love Nick? He’s just amazing. Anyway, Russell Westbrook needed just one more triple-double to pass Oscar Robertson for all time triple-doubles in a single season, but Westbrook had only one thing on his mind… winning.
Westbrook finished the night with 45 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals. He put up some MVP type numbers and all anyone can talk about is how he didn’t get the triple-double. He did what he needed to do to give the Thunder the victory. The triple-double will come. The Thunder still has four games left in the season. That’s like five years in Westbrook time. He moves so fast that everything seems to move a lot slower for him. To live life through his eyes.
The reason Westbrook didn’t get that last rebound was because Steven Adams was eating up all the boards. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic that Adams is rebounding. That’s what the Thunder needs from him. To average double digit rebounding. But let’s be honest, we were all hoping both teams would have just stepped out of the way and allowed Westbrook to get that last rebound. And then proceeded to crown Westbrook and have him retire as the greatest of all time. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?
OKC had an excellent game from beyond the arc, shooting 45.2 percent. Guess who hit most of the teams threes… Westbrook. He finished the night with eight threes. I’m finally starting to get the point in my life where I don’t cringe up when Westbrook let’s it fly. Now I sometimes expect it to go in.
Although most of the Thunder team had rough games Wednesday night, Westbrook’s craziness led the Thunder to its second straight victory. The Thunder win 103 – 100.