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Westbrook is a child trapped in a man's body. He throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way, commits stupid fouls in retaliation, and takes bad shots that he could chuck up whenever he wants to. If I were to make a bottom 10 low basketball IQ list, Russell Westbrook would definitely be #1 with nobody even close to challenging his throne.
He is the primary reason why I didn't and still don't think the Thunder will make it to the finals this year. He is the main reason why I don't think the Thunder will ever win an NBA championship. But here's his one shot for redemption: if OKC somehow makes it past the Spurs and beat the Heat, then he will instantly be taken off of this list, and you will never hear me utter another negative word about him. Please, Russell -- I'd love to be wrong here.All this is not to say that I shake my head every time Westbrook touches the ball. I don’t. He made great decisions throughout game 4 and was relentless on the offensive end. I thought he had the game of his life, and unfortunately, one of the lasting images of his night was his foolish foul on Chalmers with the shot clock winding down to clinch the game. Does me criticizing that foul mean that I blame him for the entire loss? No, of course not. He had one of the best performances in the Finals we’ve ever seen. Then who exactly should shoulder most of the blame?
I hope @dmorey is watching the NBA Finals so that he doesn’t make the mistake of giving James Harden a max contract.If the clanking of wide open jumpers wasn’t bad enough, Harden decided to add some terrible turnovers on drives to his resume. Oh and a blown breakaway layup. This series would look completely different if he could return to his old self.