Russell Westbrook Wins Scoring Title, But He Says It Means Nothing To Him After Missing The Playoffs
Russell Westbrook is surely one of the toughest competitors in the NBA and while some people may feel satisfied with winning individual awards like the scoring title, he really wanted the opportunity to the play in the playoffs.
The Thunder just barely missed out on the NBA Playoffs when the New Orleans Pelicans decided to show up big and upset the Spurs to earn the final spot. It has been a tough battle between the two teams as of lately, and perhaps the Pelicans just wanted it more.
Westbrook is bummed out on missing the playoffs though, and it is easy to understand why after the incredible season that he has had. He did everything that he could in the final game of the season for the Thunder, but it was ultimately up to the Spurs to get them in the playoffs, and they couldn’t come through with the assistance.
Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but, unfortunately, their efforts were not enough. His 37 points also helped him surpass James Harden for the NBA scoring title this season.
When asked by the media what the scoring title meant to him though, he responded in the only way you would expect, reiterating the fact that without an NBA title, a scoring title is meaningless.
He said, “Sh-t. It doesn’t mean nothing. Good job, hooray, I’m at home watching other teams play.” He will be forced to sit at home and watch the playoffs as a fan, which is hard for any NBA player in the post-season, but especially after the season that a star like Westbrook has had.
Russell Westbrook averaged 28 points per game and shot 42.5 percent from the field this season. Perhaps it is better that the Thunder sit out this post-season and wait for the return of Kevin Durant, because let’s face it, it’s not as if any team is capable of beating the Golden State Warriors in the first round anyway, right?