Russell Westbrook’s performance in the NBA playoffs may have proven that he does not fit in the Houston Rockets franchise.
LeBron James and the Lakers were able to oust Harden and the Rockets in a 96-119 Game 5 victory as they await on who to face in the western conference finals.
The King ended with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists while Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points off the bench with 50% shooting from three.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 13, 2020
Anthony Davis scored 13 points and 11 rebounds while the rest of the starters also scored double figures. It just goes to show that this Lakers team are hungry for an NBA championship.
Russell Westbrook does not fit with the Rockets culture
While the Los Angeles Lakers take this sweet victory over the Houston Rockets, James Harden may need a better go-to guy, especially during the playoffs.
Analysts have already seen that Russell Westbrook doesn’t fit in with the play style of the Rockets, since they are a well-known team for having hot shooting streaks, especially on the three-point line.
Even famous NBA Youtuber Chris Smoove already predicted the Chris Paul trade for Westbrook being a lopsided deal for the Rockets since they were also sacrificing a lot of future draft picks in the process.
Westbrook is more of a slashing scorer rather than a spot-up shooter and his playoff performance shows. He’s not the type of player that can be at par with Harden in terms of shooting the ball from the mid-range or the 3-point line.
Poor performance showed in the playoffs
Although he had stellar stats during the regular season averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists a game, his star aura has disappeared during the playoffs.
In the 7 games that he played in the playoffs after recovering from a quad strain injury, he only averaged 19.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
James Harden was almost consistent in the scoring department where he would score over 20 points a game and the only bad game that he had was against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 scoring only 17 points but impacting the team on defense.
Russell Westbrook’s performance in Game 5 was also terrible marking his 8th game in the playoffs as he only scored 10 points shooting only 4 out 13 shots in a must-win game while James Harden had a good game scoring 30 points.
Additionally, Westbrook was also involved in a minor altercation wherein he was having words with Rajon Rondo’s brother talking trash.
Russell Westbrook went at it with Rajon Rondo's brother on the sidelines.
Security asked Rondo's brother to leave.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 13, 2020
Only time will tell for the Houston Rockets organization if they will still push for this small ball experiment next season. Let’s not forget that they also gave up a lot of draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up Westbrook. It looks like this trade will continue to haunt them.
Fans await for which team the Los Angeles Lakers would face as the series between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers continues for the next days. If the Clippers win the next game, then the much-awaited battle for L.A. in the western conference finals begins.
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