Russell Westbrook asked the question before the Thunder’s game Thursday in Toronto: Who’s Steph Curry? He answered it during the game: Not the guy to ask about NBA MVP.
Westbrook had his obligatory triple-double in OKC’s 123-102 victory (26 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds). More impressively, he unleashed these ridiculous passes with ease.
That’s the 34th triple-double for Russ this season, just seven off the NBA record set by Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. The Thunder (39-29) have 14 games remaining.
Curry is #TeamHarden right now, basically because James Harden and the Rockets have a better record than Westbrook’s Thunder, but Russ is making that argument look less and less legit.
Later, with the Bulls crushing the Bucks by 30 near the end of the first half, Dunleavy lined up an open 3 from the left wing. Antetokounmpo bulled in from backcourt and gave Dunleavy a full-bore shoulder check, sending him sprawling out of bounds. Antetokounmpo was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected.
Kidd was livid and laid into his young star after the game. That remains the last we’ve seen of Antetokounmpo in the playoffs.
“Stress is something we try to look at for him,” Kidd said. “Less stress for him, you know, he can get that free-throw jump shot, we think he can shoot that at a very high clip. He will get to where he can shoot the 3. But the less pounding I can help him with, the less pounding he takes, I think the longevity of him being able to continue what he is doing, that is going to help. The physical pounding teams are going to give, they’re going to touch him every time in the paint. They’re going to give him that jump shot.”