Just finished POR-OKC. Russ was great considering total lack of spacing. Hubie is right OKC has to consider staggering Ibaka/Westbrook more
Weird that Westbrook played so little. I know OKC has an impossible back to back, but that was the game to extend yourselves to win.
Kaman on Westbrook: "He's going to have a tough season without KD. He's going to carry load. Can he do it for 4 quarters? Good luck to him."
Russell Westbrook tonight. 1st half: 7-13, 12-13 FT, 26 points. 2nd half: 4-13, 3-3 FT, 12 points.
Scott Brooks on managing Russell Westbrook's minutes: "It's never easy to take him out. ... But you've got to be smart."
Blazers beat OKC 106-89. Westbrook with 38 on 25 shots, Lance Thomas with 14, Ibaka 10. Blazers outscored the Thunder 31-12 in the fourth.
Blazers drop the Thunder 106-89. Russell Westbrook was great -- 38 points, 6 assists -- but didn't get much help.
Westbrook took 25 more shots than Durant tonight smh
Westbrook checks out, probably done for the night: 38 points on 11-25 shooting, six assists, three steals.
Portland's gonna win this game but so is Westbrook.
Batum steals from Westbrook, keeps it in bounds, lobs to the trailing LA. That'll work. 93-83 Blazers, 5:17 Q4.
So many tunnel vision Thunder fans out there acting like game is SO IMPORTANT. You can't play Westbrook 44 minutes every night for a month.
Blazers were +8 during Russell Westbrook's first-half rest and +5 during his second-half rest.
Westbrook with just 3 FTAs in the second half after 13 in the first. Blazers making him a jump shooter in the half-court offense.
Westbrook coming back with 8:40 left.
Westbrook in. Batum back in.
Here comes Westbrook.
I assume Brooks is letting Westbrook get one more breather doing the next media timeout. If that's what he's doing, it's a smart move.
Pretty much everyone on the Thunder's active roster besides Westbrook and Ibaka is a wack fantasy stud.
Scott Brooks is doing the wise thing letting Westbrook sit. Another game tomorrow, plus this is game one of 82. Long season ahead.
Stunned Russell Westbrook is still on the OKC bench coming out of their timeout. Game might get away from them before he returns.
Westbrook, who has played only 27 minutes, remains on bench. Surprised Scotty Brooks hasn't brought him back in for Telfair
Top scoring performance by an opponent in Portland arena: 47 held by Kobe Bryant in 2013 and Stephen Curry last April. Westbrook with 36
Russell Westbrook has 36 points and 15 made free throws for the Thunder sans Kevin Durant versus Portland through three quarters.
After three, Thunder lead 77-75 in Portland. Westbrook with 36 on 10-20 shooting with six assists. Rest of the Thunder: 41 points on 17-37.
No question Westbrook will lead the league in scoring. Until KD comes back.
Getting outta here with Westbrook dominating but still playing just 36-37 minutes on the first night of a back-to-back is a major victory.
End of 3: OKC 77, Blazers 75. OKC actually extended the lead with Westbrook sitting. 36, 6 ast for him. Aldridge with 23, 2 reb, 2 ast.
Solid job to end the third by a depleted second unit. OKC up 77-75 heading to the fourth. Westbrook should be back soon.
Westbrook has played only 27 minutes tonight. If he can steal two or three minutes at the start of the fourth, it'll be huge.
Stotts rolling the dice here with Westbrook out. Dame back in with 4 fouls.
Only thing that looks better than Russell Westbrook tonight is Nick Collison's hair.
Russell Westbrook getting 50 tonight.
That green light I said Russell Westbrook had coming into the game is now a full-fledged speedway. Just go, young man. It's his show
In the other news, Westbrook with 36 points. It's only the 3rd quarter.
Westbrook has 36 points. Westbrook's teammates have combined for 35 points.
Lot of people believe Russell Westbrook could thrust himself into the MVP discussion during KD's absence. Seeing potential of that tonight.