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Russell Westbrook coming under fire in the Finals

Chuck - Red's Army June 17, 2012 Around the NBA 2 Comments

The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook is having a tough go in the NBA Finals. His play has been erratic and he’s drawing criticism for his stubborn attitude.

Sound familiar? The Globe’s Gary Washburn draws a comparison between Westbrook and Rajon Rondo.

The difference is… Rondo gets criticized for his lack of aggression, while Westbrook is blasted for dominance of the ball:

What’s more, Westbrook attempted more shots than three-time scoring champion Durant, missing 16 of 26 in the 100-96 loss in Game 2. Westbrook’s biggest issue over his short career has been playing under control. And the consensus is that Westbrook has to make better decisions for the Thunder to prevail in this series.

In the first two games, Westbrook is 20-of-50 shooting – Durant is 24 of 42 – and 2 of 10 from the 3-point line.

“I’m not making no adjustments,’’ Westbrook said Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena following practice. “Regardless of what anybody says or regardless of what you guys say about how I play. It doesn’t matter. I’m going to play my game regardless of what happens. I’m going to go out and give 110 percent and try to find a way to help us win the game.’’

It’s easy to fault Westbrook for out shooting Kevin Durant, but the game isn’t that simple. There is no one on the Heat quick enough to guard Westbrook. He should be aggressive. If Russell makes a mere 5 more shots, then he’s suddenly shooting 50% and the critics are silenced.

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