Jun 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts during the fourth quarter of game two in the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Does Russell Westbrook Need to Shoot Less?


No. He needs to shoot smarter. Let me say this first and foremost: I love Russell Westbrook. I think he is one of the more unique talents we have in the NBA. He has improved every year he has played in the league, and he has valiantly taken on the challenge of learning to play poing guard(after SG in college) for the Thunder. He also plays with a big ol’ chip on his shoulder that I love when it is directed towards destroying the other team in the paint.

It is my love of Westbrook that made watching his Game 2 performance very frustrating. Westbrook can carve up the paint better than almost any point guard in the league. Tony Parker and Derrick Rose are the only other guys even in that conversation. So when he shoots 1 of 6 from the field in the first half, and then he continues to jack up shots when Kevin Durant is Kevin Durant, and James Harden scores 21 points on 11 shots, then you have to question some of the decision making.

Westbrook has responded to his detractors(Magic Johnson called Game 2 the worst NBA Finals point guard game he has seen) with the fact that “I’m not making no adjustments,” Westbrook said. “Regardless of what anybody says or regardless of what you guys say about how I play, it doesn’t matter. You know, 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.”

Hopefully, this quote means that Westbrook will be listening more to his coach, than his media detractors. But his decision making needs to improve if the Thunder hope to overcome a revitalized LeBron James, who has scored his highest NBA Finals scoring totals in the last two games.

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