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Thunder PG Russell Westbrook says it’s been an easy transition playing alongside Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder, Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook says it has been an easy transition playing alongside combo guard Dennis Schroder in the backcourt this season.

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has played Westbrook and Schroder together a lot so far this year and both players have played very well off each other.

Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder started in the backcourt because of the absence of Paul George and both players played fantastic. Westbrook put up 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Dennis Schroder scored 20 points and dished out six assists. Each player played 39 minutes to help the Thunder defeat the Suns by a final score of 118-102.

With the win, OKC is now 22-12 on the season and 10-8 on the road.

Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder are two of the fastest players in the league. They are constantly putting pressure on opposing defenses with their drives to the hoop. It’s nearly impossible to stay in front of them in the open court. Pairing the two together in the backcourt allows Westbrook to play off the ball sometimes so he doesn’t have to initiate the offense on every possession.

The Thunder acquired Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks in the Carmelo Anthony trade and the guard has been a great pick up for the team and Westbrook’s usage rate.