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Russell Westbrook still trying to find his shot

Nov 29, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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Just having Russell Westbrook back on the court has opened up the Thunder offense — they are three points per 100 possessions better in those last 10 games, the Thunder are shooting better (four percentage points better from three) and most importantly they are 8-2 as a team. That includes wins over the Spurs and Clippers.

All that despite the fact Westbrook has not found his shot. At all.

He is shooting 38.8 percent overall this season and 29.3 percent from three. After missing all of training camp and the start of the season (not to mention last playoffs) trying to recover from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, she has not been able to shake off the rust.

Here is what he told the Oklahoman about his early season struggles.

“It’s going to take time,” Westbrook said. “Your legs got to get stronger, your body, all your muscles got to get used to working and getting back going.”

Here are two reasons Thunder fans shouldn’t worry (and maybe the rest of the league should).

First, he started slow last season even when healthy — he shot an identical 38.8 percent through 10 games last season, as noted in the Oklahoman piece.

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Second, look at the shots he is missing.


Westbrook is not finishing well at the rim — and that will change. He’s shooting just 41.8 percent on shots within 8 feet, break it down further and he’s shooting 39.1 percent in the paint. As he gets used to playing against the rim protectors in the NBA, as he gets used to trusting his athleticism to finish in those situations, his shooting percentage will go up close to the rim. As will his scoring numbers.

Just the threat of Westbrook has improved the Thunder offense. Wait until he starts knocking down shots.

  1. fanofevilempire - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    just pass the ball to Durant.

  2. bealwithit - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Not only is he not being efficient, but the new SportsVU player tracking software shows that he holds the ball longer than any other player in the league before passing (i.e. biggest “ball hog”) by a significant margin.

    And he plays with the greatest offensive force in basketball too. OKC really needs to incorporate more ball movement in their offense to fix this.

  3. timcast12 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM


  4. provguard - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I know Westbrook was selfish, but “she”? I guess it works….

  5. lakerade - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Found it.

    • bjornreyes - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Dude, he was 10-25 from the floor.

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