Following the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 99-96 win over the Boston Celtics, spirits were high in the locker room after winning seven of their last eight games, thanks in large part to Russell Westbrook‘s triple-double antics.
Center Steven Adams, who enjoyed an efficient night at home with 16 points on 7-of-8 from the field and eight rebounds, wasn’t all that impressed with his teammate’s eye-popping numbers through the team’s winning stretch.
“Useless,” Adams told ESPN’s Royce Young jokingly. “Only seven?”
The 6-foot-3 point guard had 37 points and 12 rebounds, coming four assists shy of his eighth straight feat. Hard to fault him, though, considering the Thunder shot a dismal 3-of-21 from beyond the arc, while he made two of them.
All six of Westbrook’s dishes set up baskets made within eight feet.
“I’m not really into them. I don’t really care,” Adams said of Westbrook’s triple-doubles. “It’s more so his energy and his leadership. And then as a dude, he’s just a really good guy. That’s all as a team we expect, and he comes and shows regardless of what the stat sheet says or whatever, that he’s just a good dude and makes everyone around him better. Top lad. Top lad.”
He drew similar praise from his head coach Billy Donovan, who’s been utterly pleased with his all-around effort on the court through the first 24 games of the season that have the team sitting sixth in an ultra-competitive Western Conference.
“I think Russell understands and sees that certainly getting those seven straight games is remarkable,” Donovan said, “but I don’t think tonight is any less remarkable of what he did.”