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After yet another triple-double, Russell Westbrook was nitpicking. The electric point guard collected his sixth triple-double in eight games and scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 113-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. He also had eight turnovers, something he addressed unprompted after the game. "I do know one thing, I need to stop turning the ball over, I can tell you that much," he said. "It's frustrating trying to make passes and turning it over, but at the same time, we're winning. I'll go back to the drawing board and take care of it." USA Today Sports

Russell Westbrook became the latest player to get tagged with a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, for this play that occurred during his team’s loss to the Clippers. Westbrook flailed and attempted to exaggerate contact on a three-point attempt, when there didn’t appear to be much contact at all. NBCSports.com

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But what you might not be aware of is that NBA analyst and former NBA executive Tom Penn thinks Westbrook's hot streak could have Oklahoma City Thunder management thinking about moving Durant next season: "I think this burst from Westbrook makes it much more likely that Durant ultimately gets traded next year. ... Sam Presti has proven that he does not ever want to lose anybody for nothing. So he traded James Harden a year early to avoid a potential luxury tax problem a year later. ESPN.com

"The Kevin Durant drumbeat next year is going to be so loud because he will not commit early to Oklahoma City contractually because the rules are against that. He can't get the same contract if he signs early as if he just goes to free agency and resigns. So if Sam Presti doesn't get that commitment, he'll look to to trade Kevin Durant. And looking at the performance of Westbrook and the team around Westbrook will make it easier for him to do that potentially." ESPN.com

March 9, 2015 Updates
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Russell Westbrook posted his fifth triple-double in six games to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 108-104 on Sunday night. Westbrook, the NBA's leading scorer, had 30 points, matched a career high with 17 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds for his seventh triple-double of the season and 15th of his career. USA Today Sports

March 6, 2015 Updates
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Westbrook's production has been staggering. He put up 90 fantasy points in his return from facial surgery Wednesday in what was one of the best outputs on our daily game this season. He topped 70 fantasy points in each of his last two games before the injury. Clearly, Westbrook is on another planet right now and needs to be started against a Bulls roster decimated by injuries. HoopsHype

With Westbrook back after missing a game due to facial surgery, Augustin still put up 28 fantasy points last night. It was against the woeful Philadelphia 76ers, and his price is too prohibitive to risk that kind of production becoming an anomaly. On the bright side, Augustin played 37 minutes to Westbrook's 42. If the team continues to run two point guards together, he could still be a worthwhile play. However, use tonight as a gauge before making that determination. HoopsHype

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