Russell Westbrook expected to start for Clippers

Russell Westbrook expected to start for Clippers

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Russell Westbrook expected to start for Clippers

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Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Russell Westbrook getting some pre-game work PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
How will the Clippers-Russell Westbrook partnership work? Is the Lakers’ recent hot streak sustainable? Will the Warriors turn things around? Breaking it all down w/ @NabilKarimTV on @NBATV. Tune in at 5 pm PT! PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Load Mismanagement w/@jphanned returns LIVE @Underdog__NBA
– 8-game slate
– Russell Westbrook starts for Clippers
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– Picks, Q&A, Fastest 5 Minutes
– Breaking lineup news
NBA’s Closing Bell, now through tip!
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The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Russell Westbrook is set to make his Clippers debut vs. Sacramento. His stats in 1st games with new teams:
• 2008, OKC ›› 13 pts, 4 ast
• 2019, HOU ›› 24 pts, 16 reb
• 2020, WAS ›› 21 pts, 15 ast, 11 reb
• 2021, LAL ›› 8 pts, 5 reb
What numbers will he have tonight? PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers players since 2019-20 that were…
Previous Kawhi Leonard teammates:
– JaMychal Green
– Serge Ibaka
– Norman Powell
Previous Paul George teammates:
– Patrick Patterson
– Russell Westbrook – 5:03 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Esta temporada, @Nuggets tiene marca de 22-0 cuando Nikola Jokic completa una triple decena. En la carrera de Russell Westbrook, sus equipos tienen foja de 145-53 cuando alcanza la triple decena.
@RitmoNBA PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
.@CandaceDBuckner, your honor:
“When [the Clippers] agreed to a deal with Westbrook, it felt as if it snatched up a player, whom the other Los Angeles team recently let go, in the same way someone might spy a discarded VCR on their neighbor’s curb…”…4:21 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
“There’s such a negative aura around his name, which is just so ridiculous.”
@Austin Rivers talks to @paush about Russell Westbrook as a teammate and misconceptions around him.
🔊: PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
As Russell Westbrook nears his Clippers debut, running back this piece on the most pressing questions facing the Clippers and Russ…2:23 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Talking lots of injuries and returns, Russell Westbrook expected to start, new additions like Kevin Love, rotation changes, and a lot more with @jphanned.
Free on YouTube NOW:…2:01 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Paul George ‘drove decision’ for Clippers to bring in Westbrook…1:22 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
In today’s ⁦@latimessports:⁩ Is Russell Westbrook the championship X-factor? Five questions Clippers must answer…1:01 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
SportsCenter hit on what the Clippers will be looking for from a rejuvenated Russell Westbrook when they return to the floor tonight vs Sacramento PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings gameday: Russell Westbrook set to make Clippers debut; Sacramento starts difficult series of back-to-backs with playoff bid hanging in the balance…12:44 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Russell Westbrook is expected to start and Terance Mann is expected to rejoin second unit – 12:26 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @MG_Schindler is here!
-Russell Westbrook with the Clippers
-Six X-Factor Role Players in the 2023 NBA Title Race
-A dive into Leonard Miller, an interesting G League Ignite Prospect
WATCH:…7:27 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Forget getting the Lakers to trade for Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. LeBron getting Darvin Ham to challenge that obvious foul against him was his biggest power move since joining the franchise. AK – 12:09 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Was really hoping to see Russell Westbrook’s Jazz debut in person tonight. He’d have given them a real upgrade on the shooting they have at PG tonight. – 9:31 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Clippers Lawrence Frank on why team brought in Westbrook…7:32 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Last one from me for today
Asked Mason Plumlee about his takeaway from defending and gameplanning against Russell Westbrook now that they’re teammates.
Plumlee: “It’s more like, you just got to make life tough for them. You got to make them inefficient.” PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Nicolas Batum on balancing Terance Mann and Russell Westbrook:
“That’s exactly why I don’t want to be a coach. I mean, it should be a headache for T Lue. That’s exactly why I don’t want to be a coach.” PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Hey! @MG_Schindler and I are starting to podcast! We’re starting with Russell Westbrook and the Clippers, then diving into X-Factor role players that could have an enormous impact on the NBA title race.…5:21 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Since January 19, Clippers average only 10.6 turnovers per game. The best mark in NBA, and a major turnaround for a team that ranked 24th in TO% through January 19.
Asked Tyronn Lue how Clippers maintain that with Westbrook, 3 other new players in the fold.
(LAC healthy btw😆) PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
While Tyronn Lue discussed Westbrook/T-Mann dynamic, he shared that he sees next 5-6 games as “adjustment period”
That adjustment period is full of critical games:
– vs Kings
– at Denver
– vs Timberwolves
– at Golden State
– at Sacramento
– vs Grizzlies PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Tyronn Lue says that he is “very” surprised that Clippers got Russell Westbrook
“To get a caliber player like that, you know, for the minimum. It’s rare to see.” PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Ty Lue running Russell Westbrook through some sets PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Asked if there was one thing he saw from Russell Westbrook in practice yesterday that opened his eyes and is really something the Clippers can use, Ty Lue said, “Speed.” – 3:56 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Practice things
T Lue is on the floor with the four new guys (Gordon, Plumlee, Hyland, Westbrook + assistant Beau Levesque) getting them caught up. PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It really sounds like Friday’s starting lineup *could* be Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac.
Just based on Tyronn Lue’s description of what he is looking forward to after last night’s practice and ahead of today’s.
We’ll see tomorrow – 3:49 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue said coaches have shown Russell Westbrook ways they hope they can optimize lineups with him/Kawhi/PG when the ball isn’t in RW’s hands. He said if the ball swings his way and it’s open, he wants him to shoot. Limiting turnovers and shots early in the clock is key. – 3:40 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
It really sounds like Friday’s starting lineup *could* be Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac.
Just based on Tyronn Lue’s description of what he is looking forward to after last night’s practice and ahead of today’s.
We’ll see tomorrow – 3:39 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Ty Lue says he was surprised the Clippers were able to get Russell Westbrook. Adds, again, that the Clips want “Russ to be Russ.” PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Nico Batum on impressions of Russell Westbrook:
“Always a nightmare to play against a guy like this … I’m just very excited to have him on our team. Can bring so much stuff. … I told you before I don’t really care what happened with him” at the Lakers. – 3:24 PM

More on this storyline

“The Clippers are pretty much admitting that Paul George drove this decision,” Windhorst said of the team’s signing of Russell Westbrook. “And from what I understand, they were internally against it at the start. “Paul pushed for it publicly and privately. Kawhi Leonard supported it. And they looked more into it, and they were like, ‘Well, there are some things he could potentially help us with.’” -via Spotify / February 24, 2023
Andrew Greif: Nico Batum said what Russell Westbrook brings to the current roster “is gonna be perfect for us.” “Situations are different. Sometimes it doesn’t work, doesn’t fit and I don’t really care. All I care about is what can he do for us? And I think he can be, can be great for us.” -via Twitter @AndrewGreif / February 23, 2023
Law Murray: Russell Westbrook is keeping his number 0. Jason Preston is taking #1, Reggie Jackson’s number. Keaton Wallace is taking #35, which has never been worn by a Clippers guard before (you’ve seen 35 on the likes of Loy Vaught, Chris Kaman, and Wenyen Gabriel) -via Twitter @LawMurrayTheNU / February 23, 2023

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