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Westbrook fell one assist short of a triple-double, and shot just 5-of-18 on three-pointers. (Those 18 attempts tied the single-game playoff record. The others to shoot 18 in a playoff game: Ray Allen, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson.) His final game was, fittingly, a beautiful mess. But the Thunder were competitive with him on the court and a disaster without him. We’ll forever debate whether his style contributes to that fact. Perhaps the Thunder will be restocked by next fall and we’ll see a new look.
Westbrook was the best thing about the NBA all season long. It appears he will win the MVP over the Rockets’ James Harden. He’d rather be going to the second round, of course. Harden’s Houston is still alive, and we’ll be talking much more about them over the next couple of weeks as they face San Antonio or Memphis. Speaking of which …
We see a fine example of it in this piece from Spector – an absolute horror-show of prejudice, fallacy, and bad journalism, which is awful all the way through but reaches peak “traditional hockey journalist” idiocy with this passage:
“The stats geeks still hate the Hall trade. The reason? Because their craft isn’t far enough along at this point to quantify the qualities in Larsson’s game that makes Edmonton better.