Rockets vs. Thunder game thread: One-man-show-off

Westbrook's totally unnecessary, definitely risky, completely worthwhile savagery in the game's final seconds saved what was otherwise a rather bland affair between the NBA's two "one-man shows". "I'm looking at guys seeing if their confidence is high, seeing if they're engaged in the game, seeing if they're locking in on what's going on, seeing if they're reading the coverages". The ball isn't just sticking with Harden and Westbrook in ways that they, themselves, haven't before matched. And we got one of the best snarling stomps from Russell after. As I've said, I've looked at him from afar.

The last of Adams three swats was important in the context of the game, though, coming as Eric Gordon made a play at the rim with just over a minute left and the Thunder up 102-100.

Westbrook is a face of Jordan Brand, but also a player Jordan has specifically mentioned as a player he admires.

Westbrook attempted 21 shots and Oladipo took 17 shots Detroit.

Harden's leadership skills have progressed so much that he welcomes voices.

The Thunder lost James Harden, and then Kevin Durant. These two will make the National Basketball Association season interesting to watch, and when your team plays against them, enjoy seeing how your guys stack up to the superstars of the league. Regardless, this is a fun, huge game and we might have dueling, 40-point triple doubles.

James sat out for the first time this season.

Anyone could say the same about Harden. "That's baller. Russell is a rare person". Loving, genuine. He deserves everything he gets. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni called timeout, and Patrick Beverley, out as he recovers from a knee injury, got up and exchanged words with Roberson. But Wednesday morning he announced Beverley wouldn't suit up and but would start Thursday night against Portland.

Oklahoma City center Steven Adams, who isn't easily impressed, cracked a smile when asked about Westbrook's jam.

"The thing about him that very few basketball players have is his passion for the game of basketball", Jordan said in a four-minute address. It's just more how I relate to them, how they used to play back in the day, how it was physical and how it is played today. He will challenge his teammates on and off the floor to become better, especially younger players such as K.J. "I had him at U.S. basketball", D'Antoni said.

One plays with such a fury it's like he's listening to the jarring beats of house music. "If he stays healthy, he's 27 years old, there is no reason why he can't be one of the better players in the league".

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