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Balls-Eye: The Extremely Frustrated Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook


How would it feel like gearing up the team for dominance yet ended up as a bulldozer running out of gas every single time?

If there'd be a superstar in despair right now this season, it is definitely Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Imagine teaming up with another two bigtime players and ended up being not so explosive so far.

OKC is only plus 3 in terms of win-loss record and is swamped several times. Running losing streaks and just popped arbitrary victories which aren't that soundly for threat to ignite. In fact, they are in a 0 - 2 loss recently against Phoenix Suns followed by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Of the three (George, Melo and Westbrook) Why is Westbrook the most frustrated?

Of course he still has grudges way back when Kevin Durant left him behind to join the rising Warriors and earned his 1st championship. Westbrook knows he could not vanquish the Warriors alone but when Melo and George were traded, he somehow see a ray of hope, but turned out to be a false hope instead.

Melo's getting old while George of course isn't like as he was before after recovery from a nasty leg injury. Maybe Westbrook expected too much from this guys but it turned out that two heads aren't better than one at least at this case. KD couldn't be replaced even by two skilled players.

It's just disappointing for Westbrook for he sacrifices some playing time and possessions for these guys to shine and lift the team but it turned out to be inefficient. Westbrook could not get the results he wanted at least for now.

His extreme frustration was most noticeable after the Blazers game when he directly went to the dug out without a word.


But so far, Melo and George are scoring well. Meli had 19 and George had 22 against the Blazers. It is the other guys of OKC who fails to produce brought by the presence of two big star addition.

That is the their difference as compared to the Warriors. The sparks were completely extinguished with the addition of two new power sources for OKC while with the Dubs, the newly burning fire even hastened the ignitions of the small ones surrounding it. KD's departure left OKC in a huge shadow with not enough light for them to find their way back just yet.

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