I wish I loved anything as much as Russell Westbrook loves notching triple-doubles. Wednesday against the Sixers, donning a protective mask after missing a game with a facial fracture, Westbrook put up his fourth consecutive triple-double – a feat last accomplished by one Michael Jordan back in 1989. Westbrook’s final stat line was 49 points (career high), 16 rebounds (career high) and 10 assists. Here’s the assist that sealed it:
Additionally, Westbrook is the first player since Vince Carter to post 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game since back in 2007. The guy is literally taking us back in time with these jaw-dropping performances. It’s one thing to have a good night shooting, grabbing boards and dishing assists in the double-digits, but to do this night in and night out? It’s absolutely unreal. In the month of February alone, he averaged 31.2 points, 10.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds and obviously won Western Conference Player of the Month. And it looks like that trend is going to carry into March.
It’s about time we stop considering Russ a dark-horse MVP candidate and throw him into the forefront. We’ve seen Harden, Curry and LeBron have off games, but at this pace, or at least until Durant is back, this guy isn’t going to take a single second off.