Throughout the 2017-18 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been inconsistent, but are coming together as the playoffs near. In the month of March and after signing Corey Brewer, the Thunder have won eight of their last 11 games.

During this stretch, Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine, averaging 28.3 points (53.1 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the three-point line), 10.5 rebounds, and 9.4 assists in 36.1 minutes. Following the team's win over the Miami Heat, Paul George had the ultimate praise for Westbrook according to Thunder Nation:

While it took time, the Thunder are quickly becoming a team no one wants to face in the playoffs, but have a challenging stretch ahead. As they currently have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, the No. 3 and No. 9 spots are only separated by 4.5 games as Oklahoma City faces the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, and Houston Rockets.

As everyone knows, there are major implications for George's free agency depending on how far the Thunder advance in the playoffs. While the Thunder have established an All-Star trio along with Carmelo Anthony, the 27-year-old continues to be linked with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers clearing enough cap space to sign him and LeBron James, long-term success will likely dictate George's future in Oklahoma City.

George is averaging 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 71 games.