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Russell Westbrook not worried about Thunder’s recent struggles

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been an interesting team to watch this season, but have they lived up to their potential? Coming into this campaign, most experts felt that OKC would be a top contender in the Western Conference. After all, this is a team with Russell Westbrook and Paul George on the roster. Now, however, with a 44-31 record under their belts, those same experts are scratching their heads.

Though they managed to beat the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, 107-99, the Thunder have dropped five of their last seven games. This might raise a certain level of concern for some fans of the team, especially when considering the fact that the playoffs are just around the corner.

Westbrook, however, says he is not worried:

“I’m never worried,” Westbrook said via TalkBasket.net. “I never panic. That’s my job as a leader to make sure we all understand that in 82 games you may have nights where you don’t have it. It happens like that sometimes. That’s not the identity of this team. I take full responsibility of how we come out. I take full responsibility, especially in losses.”

“Everybody is so wrapped around how everybody thinks we should be playing or how you’re supposed be playing at this time of year,” Westbrook added. “As long as internally we’re fine, that’s why I don’t worry, regardless of what happens – win, lose or draw.”

If there is anyone who can step up their game when it’s go time, it’s Russell Westbrook. The former UCLA standout has played extremely well for the Thunder this season, racking up averages of 22.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting from the field, 11.0 rebounds, 10.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 36.0 minutes per outing.

Westbrook and the Thunder will be back in action on Friday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Denver Nuggets. Tip-off inside Chesapeake Energy Arena is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.