Houston Rockets superstar point guard Russell Westbrook is still knocking off the rust after undergoing two offseason procedures.
Westbrook, who has never been an efficient scorer, is shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc for the Rockets in 12 games.
However, Westbrook’s elite speed and finishing skills have been on display lately. The former MVP isn’t really worried about his offense because he knows how gifted he is. Instead, the Rockets star is focused on his defense and making sure he is locking up his assignment night in and night out.
“I can get to the rim anytime I want,” Westbrook said, via Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “But it’s up to me to finish and get in a rhythm. But like I said, I ain’t really worried about offense. I’m locked in defensively on whoever I’m guarding night in, night out.”
Westbrook is averaging 21.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. It’s going to be hard for Russ to average a triple-double for a fourth consecutive season, but if anyone can do it next to James Harden, it’s Westbrook.
With Harden and Westbrook leading the way, the Rockets are 11-3 on the season. They are starting to look like an offensive juggernaut. That spells trouble for the rest of the NBA.
Houston still needs to shore up its defense, though. The Rockets are giving up 113.7 points per game. That’s 21st in the league.