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RUSSELL WESTBROOK (PG)
  • Jun 10 2016, 16:20 PM

    Update: Westbrook has withdrawn his name from consideration for this year's U.S. Olympic squad, CBS Sports reports.

    Analysis: Westbrook released a statement Friday saying, 'After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics. This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball.' With Stephen Curry, John Wall, and Chris Paul also sitting out this summer in addition to Westbrook, Damian Lillard is in line to serve as Team USA's starting point guard during this summer's Olympic competition.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 29 2016, 03:26 AM

    Update: Westbrook collected 28 points (10-27 FG, 8-10 FT), 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals over 44 minutes during Saturday's 108-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

    Analysis: The dynamic point guard was just a board short of his second triple-double of the series, and tallied double-digit assists for the fifth time in the six games against the Warriors. Much like fellow superstar Kevin Durant, Westbrook has struggled to find the net over the last two games in particular, posting sub-40 percent success rates from the field in each of those contests. He also failed to drain at least one three-pointer for the first time since Game 1 versus the Spurs. Westbrook logged more than 40 minutes for the third straight game, and figures to be in for another massive load in the decisive Game 7 showdown Monday.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 27 2016, 05:31 AM

    Update: Westbrook tallied 31 points (11-28 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-9 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals during Thursday's 120-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

    Analysis: The dynamic guard's success rate from the field was south of 40 percent for the third time in the series, but he managed to turn in his typically robust stat line by game's end. After the contest, Westbrook once again seemed to laugh off a suggestion that Stephen Curry's defense has given him some trouble. However, the fact remains that the Thunder's co-leader on offense has shot just 32 percent (8-for-25) and has been guilty of seven turnovers during the series with Curry as a primary defender. Despite some of the difficulties, Westbrook's considerable usage rate keeps his production at an elite level, and he's now reached or eclipsed the 30-point mark in three straight games. He'll look to improve on his already-impressive series averages of 28.0 points, 11.0 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 steals in Game 6 at home on Saturday night.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 25 2016, 01:16 AM

    Update: Westbrook went off for 36 points (12-27 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals across 41 minutes during the Thunder's 118-94 win over the Warriors in Tuesday's Game 4.

    Analysis: Westbrook has handed out double-digit assists in five straight contests, and he continues to attack the Warriors on both ends of the floor. This was actually Westbrook's first triple-double of the postseason, but he has managed 12 double-doubles through 15 playoff games. Expect the Thunder guard to remain aggressive in Thursday's Game 5 as the Thunder go for the knockout punch against the defending champs.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 23 2016, 07:41 AM

    Update: Westbrook scored 30 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-11 FT) to go along with a game-high 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals across just 32 minutes during Sunday's 133-105 win over the Warriors in Game 3.

    Analysis: Westbrook was dynamic in terms of scoring and setting up his mates Sunday, as he got to the basket at will and became the first player with 12-plus assists in four consecutive playoff games since Rajon Rondo in 2012. He's still shooting just 40.7 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from downtown, but Westbrook's all-around effectiveness has given the Warriors fits through the first three games of the series. He's averaging 24.3 points, 12.0 assists and 3.7 steals per game in those contests.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 17 2016, 00:25 AM

    Update: Westbrook totaled 27 points (7-21 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 12 assists, six rebounds and seven steals in 40 minutes during Monday's 108-102 Game 1 win over the Warriors.

    Analysis: Westbrook was every bit the aggressor we anticipated, as he had a hand in 58 of the Thunder's 108 points. He dominated on both ends of floor, and became the first player since 1984 to finish a postseason game with at least 27 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, and seven steals. Few players in the NBA are capable of matching Westbrook's unrelenting drive and intensity, and the eighth-year guard continues to produce across the board.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 13 2016, 08:13 AM

    Update: Westbrook supplied 28 points, 12 assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals over 38 minutes in Thursday's 113-99 series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Spurs.

    Analysis: Westbrook double-doubled in three of the final five games of the series, with Thursday's performance marking his best shooting night of the six contests. The All-Star guard was particularly outstanding in the final minutes of Game 6, driving to the basket on several occasions to help keep a Spurs comeback at bay and preserve the Thunder's double-digit lead. As spectacular as he was during the semifinal round, Westbrook may have to step his game up even further in order for OKC to have a chance at toppling the reigning NBA champs in the conference finals.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 11 2016, 04:29 AM

    Update: Westbrook compiled 35 points (12-27 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists and two steals across 39 minutes during the Thunder's 95-91 victory over the Spurs in Tuesday's Game 5.

    Analysis: Westbrook suffered six of his eight turnovers in the first quarter, but was exceptional from thereafter and clinched the win with a three-point play with 6.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Though he had another rough shooting night and has hit just 35.8 percent of his attempts in the series, he's still racking up the counting stats.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 09 2016, 05:16 AM

    Update: Westbrook recorded 14 points (5-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 38 minutes during the Thunder's 111-97 win over the Spurs in Sunday's Game 4.

    Analysis: Westbrook's struggles from the field continued, but he did an excellent job of getting his teammates involved from tip off to the final buzzer. Given that he admitted to taking too many shots in Friday's Game 3, Westbrook might be in facilitator mode for the remainder of this series. With that being said, he'll still find ways to score, even against the Spurs' paint-packing defense.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 07 2016, 05:37 AM

    Update: Westbrook scored 31 points (10-31 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 8-8 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and a steal over 39 minutes in Friday's 100-96 Game 3 loss to the Spurs.

    Analysis: Although he was largely cold from the floor on a playoff-high 31 shot attempts, Westbrook kept coming at a tough Spurs defense, and managed to fill out the stat sheet in typical fashion by game's end. His point total was his second highest of the postseason, and he was perfect from the charity stripe for the first time since Game 1 of the quarterfinal series versus the Mavericks. The All-Star guard did emphasize after the game that he'll have to set teammates up for scoring opportunities more often going forward, so it remains to be seen if he'll curtail his shot volume in Game 4.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 01 2016, 00:48 AM

    Update: Westbrook pitched in with 14 points (5-19 FG, 4-4 FT), nine assists, two rebounds and two steals over 30 minutes in Saturday's 124-92 Game 1 second-round loss to the Spurs.

    Analysis: It was certainly one of the quieter near double-doubles you'll ever see from Westbrook, as he was considerably inefficient from the field. His 26 percent success rate may have been a microcosm of the general malaise the entire Thunder squad seemed to find themselves in. Both the point total and the field-goal percentage represented postseason lows for the perennial All-Star, who'll look to bounce back in explosive fashion in Game 2 on Monday.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 25 2016, 23:00 PM

    Update: Westbrook just missed a triple-double with 36 points (13-23 FG, 7-8 FT, 3-8 3Pt), 12 rebounds and nine assists with one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's decisive Game 5 win over the Mavericks.

    Analysis: On the heels of some inflammatory comments from Dallas owner Mark Cuban, Westbrook exploded for his best all-around game of the series to help the Thunder wrap it up. He averaged 26 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds in the opening round, and will need to produce at a similarly high rate versus the Spurs as the postseason moves on.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 17 2016, 00:04 AM

    Update: Westbrook went for 24 points (7-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds and a steal over 30 minutes in Saturday's 108-70 Game 1 victory over the Mavericks.

    Analysis: The perennial All-Star was his typical self, garnering a double-double in just 30 minutes and generally leaving Deron Williams and J.J. Barea in his wake. With Barea having to leave the game in the second half due to a reaggravation of the groin strain that limited him at the end of the regular season, Westbrook could conceivably be facing an even thinner Mavs backcourt for the rest of the series.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 12 2016, 12:46 PM

    Update: Westbrook will be held out of Tuesday's tilt with the Spurs in order to rest, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.

    Analysis: Along with Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka will also sit out the second half of a back-to-back set for the Thunder, who have already sewn up the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Randy Foye started in Westbrook's place the last time the point guard sat out on April 6 against the Trail Blazers, so he'll be the favorite to run the offense again. Rookie Cameron Payne should also see some increased court time at point guard. Westbrook wrapped up another impressive season with averages of 23.5 points (on 45.4% shooting), a career-high 10.4 assists, 7.8 rebounds, two steals, and 1.3 three-pointers over 34.4 minutes in his 80 appearances. He also recorded a league-leading 18 triple-doubles.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 12 2016, 05:43 AM

    Update: Westbrook had 13 points (5-13 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 14 assists, 10 rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during the Thunder's 112-79 win against the Lakers on Monday.

    Analysis: Westbrook posted a triple-double before the first half was even over, and he now has an astounding 18 on the season. It could be the last we've seen of Westbrook in the regular season, as the Thunder will finish up their schedule Tuesday against the Spurs in a game that means very little for both teams. As a result, be sure to check on Westbrook's status prior to tip off before considering him for any daily lineups.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 10 2016, 00:45 AM

    Update: Westbrook (rest) scored 24 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds and a steal over 34 minutes in Saturday's 114-112 loss to the Kings.

    Analysis: The dynamic guard committed a game-high eight turnovers, marking the second time in the last three games that he accomplised the dubious feat. The alarming number of miscues are largely a product of the sheer amount of time that Westbrook has the ball in his hands in any given game, and he typically more than makes up for any errors with outstanding production across the stat sheet. He's had an outstanding season overall, and is tuning up for the postseason with averages of 21.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 10.5 assists and 2.3 steals across 33.5 minutes over his last five games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 06 2016, 04:49 AM

    Update: Westbrook scored 13 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT) to go with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and two steals over 27 minutes in a 124-102 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Analysis: With Tuesday's showing, Westbrook has now posted 17 triple-doubles on the season. Westbrook has been on an absolute tear of late, having now averaged 23.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.7 assists, and 1.8 steals over his last six games. Westbrook, who compiled his triple-double without even playing in the fourth quarter, should be in line for an upcoming day off with playoff basketball looming.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 04 2016, 06:17 AM

    Update: Westbrook went for 23 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 13 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during the Thunder's 118-110 loss to the Rockets on Sunday.

    Analysis: Westbrook had eight turnovers, but as usual, he delivered delectable counting stats. Westbrook is a walking triple-double at this point, and he doesn't even need to play 30 minutes to record one. The Thunder are all but officially locked into the third spot in the West, so Westbrook could potentially receive a game off to rest here or there over the final five contests.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 01 2016, 07:43 AM

    Update: Westbrook supplied 26 points (8-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 11 assists, eight rebounds and four steals over 36 minutes in Thursday's 119-117 victory over the Clippers.

    Analysis: Westbrook may have gone into the game expecting to finish his night early-- considering the Clippers started what was essentially their second unit-- but ended up logging enough minutes to produce one of his typically spectacular stat lines. He finished the month with a flourish, producing four straight 20-point-plus efforts and four triple-doubles over the final eight games of the month. He shows no signs of any downturn in production as the Thunder enter their final stretch, although he could conceivably receive a rest day at some point before the postseason.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 28 2016, 19:02 PM

    Update: Westbrook recorded his 16th triple-double of the season with 26 points (10-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 12 assists and 11 rebounds over 34 minutes in Monday's 119-100 win against the Raptors.

    Analysis: Westbrook has recorded a triple-double in half of his games in March (7-of-14) as the fantasy stud is nearly averaging those numbers for the month. Despite his gaudy numbers, Westbrook hasn't been as efficient a scorer as he should be, shooting just south of 42 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from distance in March. He might hurt you a bit in percentage leagues, but in daily formats Westbrook might be the MVP of this season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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