Guard. Houston Rockets. RUSSELL WESTBROOK. A. Russell Westbrook had his share of struggles throughout the game, as he was clearly rusty in his first game back. Westbrook missed layups, struggled to get his patented mid-range shot to fall, and had six turnovers, which was a team-high. But Westbrook added 11 rebounds, which was tied with Robert Covington for a team-high, and his five offensive rebounds was a game-high.
<p>Westbrook’s overall energy and tenacity impacted the game positively, and his defense was especially key in the overtime period. Russ used his freakish athleticism to get back on defense and stop a fast break following a James Harden turnover late in the game, which proved to be pivotal.</p>
<p>Westbrook also narrowly missed a triple-double, as he finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Westbrook went 13-of-30 from the floor (43.3 percent) and added two steals. All in all, the Rockets were 12 points better with Russ on the floor, which was also a game-high. Aside from the turnovers, one area of concern was Westbrook’s free throw shooting, as he went 4-of-8 from the charity stripe (50 percent).</p>