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Russell Westbrook’s Return Too Much For Knicks As Thunder Win (105-78)
Coming into the game the Thunder had a gut feeling that one of their superstar players would be coming back and that is exactly what happened. Russell Westbrook is coming back from his brutal hand injury and came back in a way that only he or Kevin Durant can. Westbrook had 32 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists in 24 minutes against the Knicks. Its safe to say that Westbrook is back to 100000% healthy as he was able to drive to the paint and do as he pleased. Westbrook shot 12-17 from the field and was showing that explosiveness that he always plays with as he lead the charge for his team. With Westbrook back in the starting lineup it gave the players the opportunity to get back into their rightful positions and also they were able to play in their comfort zone. The player that I believe is affected by this change is Reggie Jackson as he was limited in ball handling because of the return of Westbrook. Reggie came off the bench after leading the Thunder in minutes while Westbrook and KD were injured.
The Thunder seemed to be clicking on every level as the role players were knocking down shots and this game was clearly out of reach very very early. The Thunder were leading the majority of the game by 20 points or more as they played the game in their own tempo and couldn’t be stopped. The Knicks on the other hand are in need of help badly as they fall down to 4-13 on the season and they are now without Carmelo Anthony for a couple games with a back injury. Carmelo is their heart and soul and without him in the lineup they tried to go to Amare in the paint but it wasn’t working with the night Steven Adams was having in the paint with his career high in rebounds at 13.
The Thunder will be playing the New Orleans Pelicans with the red hot Anthony Davis who is the front runner for the MVP this season. The Thunder will have to try to stop him and it will take an effort from Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams to hold him in check. The Thunder are hoping to get Kevin Durant back sometime before the Cavs come to town on December 11th. With Russell coming back and with KD on the way the Thunder will be back in the playoff picture quicker than ever.