Russell Westbrook was a walking highlight reel Thursday against the Raptors and didn’t even need a full game to stuff the stat sheet for his 34th triple-double of the season.
The MVP candidate had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in just three quarters of work as the Thunder won their fourth consecutive game with a 123-102 victory over the Raptors. Westbrook, who inched closer to the NBA’s single-season record for triple-doubles, sat out the entire fourth quarter of the rout but still recorded one more assist than the entire Raptors squad combined.
The Thunder never trailed in the game, which saw Westbrook secure his triple-double with a 10th rebound with just under four minutes to play in the third.
“That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable. I want to apologize to our fans, everybody, for the way we played tonight,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the game. Toronto sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland.
To make matters worse, Griffin was reportedly working on a potential Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys trade for Jimmy Butler shortly before the Cavs announced he would no longer serve as the team’s GM.
Griffin was elbow deep today, as late as an hour ago, working to put together a monster deal to get Jimmy Butler from Chicago.
The Cavs missed out on hiring Chauncey Billups as Griffin’s replacement, reportedly handing him what was viewed as a below-market contract for the GM position. Cavs assistant GM Koby Altman has been in charge since Griffin’s departure.
James is 32 years old and on the “back nine” of his career (unless he’s a cyborg and will play forever, which is possible). He understands the complexities of the salary cap and the restrictions the Cavs face, but he also had a GM in Griffin who worked around those restrictions and helped build a Cheap Giants Jerseys roster around James, which the four-time MVP clearly appreciated.