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The two teams met for the first time in the NBA playoffs on the evening of April 22. In the eventful first game of the series, Westbrook led the Thunder to victory, scoring 38 points and dishing out six assists without turning the ball over. This came after he had scored 52 points in game six, giving the Thunder their first major series triumph of the season. Spurs put
Vogel is widely respected in NBA circles as one of the league's best defensive coaches, but he doesn't have the same reputation as a creative offensive mind. The Lakers have been one of the most defensively dominant teams in the NBA over the past two seasons, but points were often hard to come by, especially when Davis was sidelined with a groin injury in last year's playoffs. James couldn't carry the offensive load without Davis, which led the Lakers to acquire Westbrook this offseason.
Erik Horne: Russell Westbrook shouting out the entire Lakers Hall of Fame when asked about the trade deadline today: On if he keeps up with what’s going on around the league at the deadline: Like I’ve always said, I never worry about the other team. I don’t care if the Lakers got Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem, Kobe, it don’t matter. All my job is to worry about our team, who we got here and we go out and compete. The trade stuff is a part of the game. It’s a part of the NBA. Different guys go to different teams, but our job is to worry about our team. At least that’s my job, is to worry about what’s going on here, how we can improve. (Source: hoopshype.com)
Pair the good news of Westbrook’s success in recent games with his willingness to adapt and try new roles, something he has both said and done on the court, and the Lakers find themselves in a good spot with their star guard. As the team looks to begin trending upward, having Westbrook clicking on all cylinders and being a dynamic part of the offense will be imperative.
Now, as he’s finding more and more success, Westbrook has remained consistent in his willingness to adapt to the situation, something he’s been forced to do a lot this season both, due to being in a new environment with the Lakers as well as with James floating in and out of the lineup. (Source: www.silverscreenandroll.com)