Rockets’ Russell Westbrook commits a personal record 4 fouls in the first quarter
Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook has spent most of the past few seasons doing things that few in the NBA have ever done before. On Wednesday, Westbrook made more personal history, accomplishing something that even he had never pulled off in his career — committing four personal fouls in the first quarter.
Russ just got called for his 4th personal foul of the FIRST QUARTER 😳 pic.twitter.com/svUTKvdTpa
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 14, 2019
Far from a honor that Westbrook was seeking to receive, his tenacious style of play caught up with him in the first quarter Wednesday versus the Los Angeles Clippers. He managed to not commit a foul during either the second or third quarter as Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni closely monitored his minutes.
Westbrook’s acclimation to the Houston offense has been a bit of a roller coaster through his first 10 games. Entering play Wednesday, he was averaging 21.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists, in addition to 3.4 personal fouls per game. Those numbers remain impressive, yet not at the level that he had produced for Oklahoma City over the past three seasons. After delivering double-doubles in each of his first four games (two of which were triple-doubles), he had gone five straight games without recording one entering the showdown with the Clippers.
How the star duo of Westbrook and James Harden plays out over the course of the 2019-20 season remains to be seen and likely won’t have its final chapter written until much later in the season. But if anything is certain, it is that Westbrook will play hard, even if that means occasionally racking up four fouls in a quarter.