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Sports writers, notably ESPN's Skip Bayless, have created this notion that NBA players are supposed to play their respective position a certain way. When they deviate from the norm, they are crucified.
Look at Russell Westbrook, the ultra-athletic freak who plays point guard unlike anybody else. Because Kevin Durant can do no wrong in the eyes of the public, when the Oklahoma City Thunder lose, Westbrook becomes the scapegoat.
In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Westbrook played the game of his life, but the Thunder still lost. Westbrook finished with 43 points on 20-of-32 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. He was breathtaking to watch, picking up the reins while his buddy Durant struggled to get position all night long.
But then just as fast as you can flush a toilet, Westbrook made the game's biggest brain fart when he fouled Mario Chalmers with 13.8 seconds on the game clock, five on the shot clock. Westbrook sealed the Thunder's loss with a stamp, even though he was the reason they were in the game in the first place.
Westbrook is a gamer, but because he's on the same team as Durant, he's the first to blame when things go wrong. The Thunder will always be Durant's team, even if Westbrook's personality is better suited as the top guy. Durant came first, he's the best scorer in the NBA and his misses don't look nearly as bad as Westbrook's.
Now that LeBron James has won his title, Westbrook will replace him as the media's No. 1 whipping boy. Don't be swayed by what you hear from talking heads. Westbrook is great and a big reason why the Thunder are such a good team.
The Thunder don't win in spite of Westbrook. He's one of the biggest mismatches in the entire NBA.