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(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

By Kevin Bertalotto.  March 9th, 2018.

Don’t just blame Russell Westbrook.

During the Houston Rockets Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder game a few days ago on TNT, they showed us this stat that OKC is 14-2 when Westbrook takes less than 17 shots and 26-27 when he shoots more than 17 shots. This has caused fans to make the claim that losing record is his fault. We’re going to take a look at the 27 losses OKC has had when Russ takes 17+ shots and see if he really is to blame.

Loses to Stats
Milwaukee Bucks by 1( Giannis outta bounds prior to GW) Melo- 5/12 (42%) Russ 40 pts 16/34 (47%)

No Paul George

Sacramento Kings by 8 Melo- 16pts 4/17 (23%) PG13 12pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 20pts 7/21 (33%)
Denver Nuggets by 3 Melo- 10pts 5/11 (45%) PG13 43pts 19/26 (73%) Russ 20 pts 7/18 (38%) 21 asts though
Boston Celtics by 7 Melo- 10pts 3/17 (18%) PG13 25 pts 9/20 (45%) Russ 19pts 7/20(35%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 14 Melo- 13pts 6/17 (35%) PG13 15pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 16pts 7/21 (33%)
San Antonio Spurs by 3 Melo- 20pts 9/17 (53%) PG13 18pts 5/16 (31%) Russ 15pts 5/22 (23%)
Washington Wizards by 6 Melo- 19pts 7/21 (33%) PG13 28pts 8/14 (57%) Russ 13 pts 5/18 (28%)
Denver Nuggets by 8 Melo- 28pts 10/20 (50%) PG13 13pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 13pts 6/22 (27%)
Cleveland Cavaliers by 8 Melo- 24pts 10/22 (45%) PG13 25pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 21pts 7/19 (37%)
Portland Trailblazers by 11 Melo- 19pts 8/17 (47%) PG13 22pts 8/18 (44%) Russ 22 pts 7/20 (30%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 7 Melo- 19pts 7/19 (37%) PG13 26pts 9/17 (53%) Russ 22 (32%) 16 rebs and 12 asts
New York Knicks by 15 Melo- 12pts 5/18 (29%) PG13 18pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 25pts 9/18 (50%)
Portland Trailblazers by 4 (B.S/Questionable Melo ejection in 3rd Q) Melo- 15pts 5/10 (50%) PG13 27pts 10/21 (48%)
Dallas Mavericks by 2 Melo 7/15 (47%) Pg13 6/12 (50%) Russ 38 pts 17/28 (61%)
Minnesota Timberwolves by 16 Melo- 5/19(36%) pg13 5/19 (26%) Russ 38pts 15/23 (65%)
Los Angeles Lakers by 4 Melo- 3/13 10pts (23%) Pg13 10/19 26pts (53%) Russ 36pts 15/25 (60%)
Orlando Magic by 13 Melo- 5/16 (31%) Pg13 7/17 (41%) Russ 37pts 11/23 (48%)
Phoenix Suns by 14 Melo- 14pts 6/14 (43%) PG13 19pts 5/14 (36%) 26pts 11/21 (52%)
Detroit Pistons by 1 Melo- 20pts 9/24 (37%) PG13 16pts 7/17 (41%)27 pts 10/29 (34%)
Houston Rockets by 10 Melo- 8/18 23pts (44%) PG13 7/16 17pts (44%) 32 pts 15/27 (56%)
MIN by 2 (KAT set an illegal screen prior to the Game Winning Shot) Melo- 9/19 23pts (47%) PG13 6/20 14pts (30%) Russ 31 pts 12/24 (50%)
Brooklyn Nets by 5 Melo- 11pts 5/20 (20%) Russ 31pts 10/27 (37%) no Paul George
Portland Trailblazers by 8 PG13- 21pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 31 pts 12/31 (39%) no Melo
Charlotte Hornets by 13 Melo 11pts 5/12 (41%) PG13 20pts 7/14 (50%) Russ 30 pts 10/22 (45%)

 

Dallas Mavericks by 16 Melo- 16pts 6/12 (50%) PG13 2pts 1/12 (8%)

Russ 28 pts 9/19 (47%)

Minnesota Timberwolves by 3 Melo- 23pts 8/15 (53%) PG13 23pts 8/16 (50%) Russ 27 pts 10/18 (56%)

In the 27 losses Russell Westbrook averages 26, 8.2, 9 asts on 42% shooting.

Melo shot 38%

Paul George shot 36%

So Who Is To Blame?? Russ?? Melo??PG?? Coach?? Leave A Comment…

 

Rockets Want Revenge Against The Thunder

Rockets Want Revenge Against The Thunder

Written Francis S Estepan, Published March 6, 2018

At this point in time what matter most to the Houston Rockets Extending to a 16 game winning streak? Getting revenge on the Oklahoma City Thunder? Both? If you said both you are correct (btw there is no right answer).  The Rockets sit at the top of west (by a small margin) with a 49-13 records.  James Harden has never looked better.  Chris Paul came into this new team and even playing with another ball dominant guard he is still putting up great numbers, some stats even better than last year.

One thing about being at the top of your conference is that lower seeded teams will look to try and upset you.  That way they can build some hype by proving they can compete.  No other teams compete harder than the Oklahoma City Thunder, they have beaten the Warriors, the Rockets and Cleveland.  Unfortunately, they have also taking Ls to really bad teams, but they are starting to bounce back even if they struggle closing out weaker teams.

Westbrook can be considered one of the most emotional players in the game right now.  Emotions come with pros and cons.  As good as it is to have a player that goes and gives his all every night it can also backfired when the game counts.  Becoming frustrated can cause bad plays and maybe even a higher turnover ratio.  To his credit he is averaging double digits in assist per game, but I can’t help to also notice the 4.7 turnover per games.  Maybe just over thinking it, his only game with double digits in turnover was against the Kings.

The Rockets are more than rolling on 15 game winning streak they are rocketing (yay or nay).  When Harden, Capela and Chris Paul play they seem to have no weaknesses.  Ariza, Gordon and Joe Johnson are always ready to contribute the Rockets are a deep team and with many players that can both score and defense when called upon.

Decision/ Prediction

                Rockets Win: Rockets will continue their revenge week winnings.  While OKC will scare the nation being so close to falling out the playoff race.

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