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Russell Westbrook has all of the talent in the world. A freak athlete, Westbrook is a lock-down defender and is unstoppable getting to the rim. He plays hard, really hard, and he brings it on every play.
However, Westbrook is a bit of a head case. He falls in love with his jump shot (not his strong suit), and at times he refuses to defer to Kevin Durant on offense.
So far, their partnership has worked, finishing with the second-best record in the regular season and sweeping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
A second-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers will be much more difficult, however, and Westbrook needs to prove that he can keep his head on straight. The Thunder have the talent to win the NBA title, and a loss in the second round would be a massive defeat.
Westbrook needs to continue to prove that he can play alongside Durant without his ego getting the best of him. The playoffs ratchet up the pressure, and Westbrook needs to continue to demonstrate that he can handle it.