"I'm very, very thankful and blessed, man, to go out and compete", Westbrook told reporters after the game.
His scoring did take a dip with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George coming in, but he seemed to be more about getting everyone involved this year. "I don't take going on the floor and competing for granted". Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists in 1961-62, setting a standard many considered unreachable in the modern era. It only makes sense that it would this season as well.
In the West, the dominance of James Harden's Rockets and the hype of the reigning champion Golden State Warriors overshadowed Westbrook.
Westbrook was a lot further down the list (2200; 22:1). He's the modern day king of the triple-double. This time around, there has been no talk whatsoever of Westbrook as an MVP candidate, let alone a front-runner, and in some respects, it feels like there has been a bit of a hangover from last season's giddiness over the triple-double outbursts.
Bentley Strikes Early, Holds On For 7-3 Win Over Baseball
Sam Buddelmeyer had it all working at the plate and on the base paths in the game as he went three for three in the game. The Crusaders, who are now 0-6, have struggled through the early part of the season and have found runs hard to come by.
Westbrook pushed back against the stat-padding narrative that has built around him over the past year after shootaround Wednesday morning. He finished with a career-high 20 rebounds in a 137-123 win. He was clearly gunning for rebounds. Only 6 points for Russ, but 20 rebounds and 19 assists.
Bleacher Report cut together a video of every Westbrook rebound from Wednesday night, making it relatively clear that while many of his boards came from his effort to be in the right place at the right time, his absurd total was the product of a team effort.
He's got a point, but some voters are likely going to hold it against him anyway.
What will be interesting to see is if he decides to just go for it and get the 16 rebounds needed, even if it requires moving teammates out of the way or purposely missing a shot to collect his own rebound.
Yankees Vs Red Sox Rivalry Renewed Or Just Another Series?
The Red Sox deserve credit, but it's fair to reserve judgement until they play someone other than glorified minor league teams. Severino is 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA against the Red Sox in his short career, but he was 2-1 against Boston in his breakout 2017.
What's wrong with that? He just says he plays harder than anyone else.
The Thunder will have home-court advantage after it was seeded fourth in the conference.
While the stakes weren't high, there were stakes in the game.
So- does he have a chance at winning MVP again?
What Trump's Border Troops Can't Do
California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018. Brown did not agree to allow the troops to be involved with immigration enforcement according to the Associated Press.