After lacking greater than two weeks with a proper quad pressure, All-Star guard Russell Westbrook was understandably rusty in his return to the Houston Rockets throughout Saturday’s Recreation 5 versus Oklahoma Metropolis.
Although his workforce received by the biggest playoff margin in franchise historical past, 114-80 (box score), Westbrook missed 10 of 13 photographs. In 24 minutes, he scored simply seven factors — greater than 20 beneath his season common.
Even so, the Rockets had been +21 in Westbrook’s minutes, and he had seven assists, six rebounds, and 0 turnovers.
“Simply successful,” Westbrook stated of his Recreation 5 focus. “Making an attempt to win. The collection was tied 2-2, a three-game collection. It will be good to exit and get a win, and that’s what we did. And making a press release whereas doing it. I believed everyone performed the best means.”
When requested about Westbrook’s efficiency, Harden stated:
Extraordinary. We all know what he brings to desk. He introduced that power. He introduced that pleasure that we had been lacking. And we simply want him. Clearly, he’s our chief. And everyone knows what he does for the sport of basketball and for our workforce, so it was thrilling to have him on the market.
“You get Russell again, that offers you a shot of adrenaline,” D’Antoni stated. “He simply provides us some power. He hastens the sport. He’s going to get higher the extra occasions he goes out and performs. I knew he was going to be just a little rusty. He gave us a pleasant little spurt to start out the sport. I believed it was good. We stored his minutes  at an excellent degree.”
D’Antoni continued his feedback:
I believe simply the rhythm that he provides us, the pace. James doesn’t should make each play. Russell was actually hitting guys early, getting them good photographs. We didn’t make loads of them, however we had been getting good photographs, and he was creating very well. A man of that stature, he’s going to be essential. We’ve missed him the primary 4 video games. Now we’ve acquired him, and we’ll see what we are able to do.
Westbrook and the Rockets have a chance in Monday’s Recreation 6 to clinch the collection and advance to the second spherical. Traditionally, in NBA playoff collection to be tied after 4 video games, the winner of Recreation 5 has in the end received the best-of-seven collection greater than 80% of the time.