OKC Thunder Issues Statement On Announcer's 'Cotton-Pickin' Remark About Russell Westbrook

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On the season Westbrook is averaging 25.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and a league leading 10.1 assists per game.

Last season, a debate raged over who was more deserving of the MVP award: Westbrook or James Harden. You've just got to give him a ton of credit.

In the regular season finale, Dillon Brooks became the sixth rookie in franchise history to play in a full 82-game regular season schedule after Marc Gasol (2008-09), O.J.

Westbrook was all over the floor in the Thunder's huge 137-123 win, helping secure home-court advantage for a first-round tilt against the Utah Jazz.

Talk about lasting impressions-rookie Dillon Brooks, the only Grizzly to play all 82 games, goes out with a bang.

The Oklahoma City guard had an incredible game against the Memphis Grizzlies, and Davis at one point states that Westbrook is, "out of his cotton-picking mind".

Through it all, it might be argued that Westbrook's season was the most notable in the National Basketball Association this season. The Thunder had added Anthony and, more importantly, Paul George in the offseason, giving the team a Big 3 feel, even though Anthony's decline has been well-chronicled. "As long as we get the rebound, I don't think we worry about that".

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Westbrook takes a lot of heat for "stat padding" for whatever that means, but regardless this accomplishment is nothing to overlook. Brooks' career night led the Grizzlies as he finished with 36 points (14-22 FG, 3-7 3P, 5-5 FT) and seven rebounds.

Bleacher Report cut together a video of every Westbrook rebound from Wednesday night, making it relatively clear that while many of his boards came from his effort to be in the right place at the right time, his absurd total was the product of a team effort. Our defense was good at times, but we have to have a full 48 against a playoff team.

In fact, many are quick ot point out that the 2017 MVP steals rebounds from teammates.

"I take pride in what I do". Not surprisingly, Westbrook has heard enough of that.

Westbrook had called out critics of his stat-chasing before the game on Wednesday, arguing that grabbing 15 or 20 rebounds is a hard task in the National Basketball Association regardless of circumstances. I'm exhausted of hearing the same old, 'rebound this, stealing rebounds, ' all this s-.

"If I get to the ball faster than somebody else gets to it, that's just what it is".

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