Ever since their rise to the top of the NBA back in 2015, many fans hold disdain for the Golden State Warriors, be that some of the egos on the roster — namely Draymond Green — or the overall way they play and act on the court, and judging by recent rumors, those feelings aren’t going to go away anytime soon after these comments.
It’s been reported by ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the majority of the Golden State Warriors organization think Russell Westbrook’s style of play is “easy to defend,” so much so it’s “a piece of cake.”
Don’t get me wrong, the Warriors are an elite team, among the best in NBA history, but calling the second player ever to average a triple-double “easy to defend”? That’s just slightly ridiculous.
Across four matchups between the Thunder and Warriors last season, Westbrook posted averages of 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 9.5 assists, 0.5 assists a game shy of averaging a triple-double against the eventual champs. Despite this, Russ averaged 8 turnovers, shot a dismal 37.5% per game, and lost all four games against Golden State, which does lend some legitimacy to their comments.
The timing of this report is strange though, considering Westbrook was basically a one-man wrecking crew last season, forced to run the offense purely through himself. Heading into this season, however, Russ has some All-Star help in the form of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, which should make the matchups between OKC and GSW that much more exciting.
With the way Westbrook holds grudges against players that have wronged him in the past, I can’t even imagine the damage Russell will be hoping to do when the two sides meet for the first time on November 22nd.