Russell Westbrook has the healing properties of Wolverine. Just over six months after the Oklahoma City Thunder's electric point guard tore his right meniscus, he returned to action ready to contribute on Sunday. By Wednesday night, he was back to his old ways, even giving the home crowd one of his trademark coast-to-coast slams.
Westbrook went nuclear on the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday. He dropped 22 points with four dimes and two steals, but the stats don't tell the whole story. OKC's No. 0 went to infinity and beyond on one fourth-quarter play, and the Mavs backcourt should have bought a ticket as they watched the play unfold.
Westbrook snagged an errant Jose Calderon jumper and then put it into hyperdrive. He outraced three defenders as he barreled up the court and took flight just in front of the foul line. Westbrook glided through the air between Monta Ellis and Calderon, and they watched helplessly as he flushed it through for a 17-point lead.
The whole play took five seconds.
For the record, an NBA court is 94 feet long.
It is dazzling to see Westbrook already display that kind of burst so soon after returning to the court. He's scored at least 21 points in both of his games so far, and he attacked the Mavericks all night long over the course of his 20 field-goal attempts. It seems safe to say he is indeed back.