After a 126-115 win over the Washington Wizards, the Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves on a four-game winning streak. In completely related news: Russell Westbrook has a triple-double in four straight games, and he’s making believers out of people around the league.
Westbrook now has nine triple-doubles on the season and is the first player to average a triple-double this late in the season since Oscar Robertson.
To say the very least, Westbrook is having a great season. He is on pace for 37 triple-doubles and 49 wins for the Thunder. It would be hard to see Westbrook not winning the MVP if he continues at this rate, but can he keep it up? Thunder head coach Billy Donovan believes so.
According to Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript, when Donovan thinks that Westbrook could average a triple-double throughout the entire season.
“Yeah, he could do it. He could do it,” Donovan said. “I’m not gonna say he is or isn’t because I think the more important thing is Russell is winning, but he’s a guy that has great impact on generating assists. He has a great impact on rebounding the basketball, and he can score. So, there’s certainly a possibility that can happen. Obviously what he’s done this point in time has been pretty remarkable.”
While many believe that the numbers Westbrook puts up are “stat padding” it appears that Donovan would disagree. Russell Westbrook is not going out there every game to get triple-doubles, he is going out there to win. It just so happens that the Thunder need him to put up triple-doubles to do so.