NTTB Rumblings – 12 April 2018

img_4063Nick Gallo (OKCThunder.com) on Russell Westbrook achieving hist0ry for a second straight season: “After accomplishing something that no one had done in 55 years by averaging a triple-double in 2016-17, Westbrook followed it up by doing it again. On Wednesday night, Westbrook became the first player to ever average a triple-double more than once. Even more incredibly, he did it in back-to-back seasons.”

Royce Young (ESPN) with another perspective on the Westbrook feat: “Westbrook grabbed eight rebounds in the opening 11 minutes and hit double figures before halftime, heading to the break with an interesting stat line of 1 point, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. With the game in hand, Westbrook grabbed five rebounds in the opening three minutes of the third quarter. Early in the quarter, a loose ball rebound bounced a few times and Carmelo Anthony ran it down, turning around to yell “Russ!” with a big smile.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on the historical significance of Westbrook’s accomplishment: “In the Thunder’s 137-123 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night, Westbrook boldly went where no basketball player had gone before, posting a season triple double for the second straight year. What 18 months ago seemed an Olympus climb has now been scaled back-to-back seasons by the Thunder superstar. Last April, Westbrook matched Oscar Robertson.”

Aaron Young (Des Moines Register) on Nick Collison receiving a commemoration from Westbrook before the game: “I’d like to bring up my friend, my mentor, my brother: Nick Collison,” Westbrook said as the crowd erupted. “He’s somebody I’ve always looked up to, man. It’s a real pleasure have him here and I just wanted to make sure you guys show him some love.”

Cody Taylor (ThunderWire) on what Paul George thinks of Westbrook: “Teammate Paul George has been impressed with what Westbrook has accomplished this season. “The dude is one of a kind,” George said on Wednesday. “It just says a lot about him — his motor, his makeup, his competitiveness. That is just a different type of beast out there.”

Marc Berman (NY Post) on Carmelo Anthony getting back into the playoffs: “The decisions of wanting to come here to OKC, this was part of the reason,” Anthony said. “This was part of the bigger picture, that we all wanted to come together and have an opportunity to put a run together.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) with a recap of the Thunder’s regular season finale: “While attempting a corner 3-pointer with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter, Brewer came down awkwardly as Memphis’ Mario Chalmers closed out. Brewer writhed in pain in the corner, grabbing at his right knee, and stayed down on the floor before the Thunder training staff was able to come to his side and walk with him to the locker room.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) with some important information on the Thunder’s first round opponent, the Jazz.

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