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Raymond Felton says criticism Russell Westbrook gets is ‘stupid’

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Oklahoma City Thunder veteran guard Raymond Felton says the criticism star point guard Russell Westbrook gets is “stupid” and he doesn’t like it one bit.

Westbrook has been heavily criticized his entire career, but after what happened in the playoffs against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers, the noise around Westbrook has been even louder and more negative.

For the third-straight season, Westbrook averaged a triple-double doing the regular season. He even recorded a 20-20-20 game.

However, the Thunder lost in the first round of the postseason again.

Westbrook was outplayed by Lillard in the five-game series. The All-Star guard shot just 36.0 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. Lillard, meanwhile, averaged 33.0 points and scored 50 points in Game 5.

Westbrook’s postgame antics with Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman made the former MVP’s image look even worse. The 30-year-old’s out of control style of play has critics saying the Thunder should trade Westbrook while he still has value in the league.

All of Westbrook’s Thunder teammates, though, love him and it would be a major shock if OKC general manager Sam Presti actually trades his franchise point guard. If Westbrook could just control himself more, improve his jump shot and shot selection, his critics would slowly go away.