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Russell Westbrook has serious, serious hops

Apr 23, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook earns no bonus points for beating Derek Fisher off the dribble — that’s a gimme — but he does for knifing through the Lakers big men and throwing it down over Lamar Odom. Respect My Authoritah!

Our own Matt Moore breaks down exactly how this came about over at Hardwood Paroxysm. That is a great read. Reality: Westbrook is going to need more of this if the Thunder are going to keep having games like this.

  1. michael - Apr 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    KINDA FUNNY HOW THE THUNDER HAD 34 FREETHROWS TO THE LAKERS 14 ,KOBY DOESNT EVEN MAKE IT TO THE FREETHROW LINE.THE TALK IS THEY CAN CALL A FOUL ON EVERY PLAY ,THEN WHY IS THERE SUCH A DISCREPENCY IN THE AMOUNT OF FREETHROWS?

  2. Jason - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    It’s hard to get to the line when you (Kobe) are shooting all jumpers due to injury or whatever reason. Compound that with how much he commands the ball. All the other lakers wing scorers are spot shooters and they have nobody else who can penetrate or beat their man one on one. They are unable to beat the defense and not only shooting threes but deep contested threes. Not a recipe for free throws.
    They could get to the line more by posting Gasol more but Kobe makes it clear that they win and lose by and through him. Also contrary to what you hear Bynum is a grossly underdeveloped big man and is useless more than 3 feet from the hoop. They are only in the series because of Kobe’s greatness at times and the huge height advantage for rebounds and lane clogging. Overall the thunder are the more talented and better team. The Lakers for now have the greatest player on the court but the Thunder are a better team it’s not even close on the defensive end.

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