Thursday, May 29, 2014

Who Takes Westbrook?

He’s always been a handful to defend, but is it time to start asking whether Russell Westbrook is a tougher player to guard than Kevin Durant? The Spurs probably think so. Westbrook is fresh off a 40 point, 10 assist, 5 rebound, and 5 steal effort in Game 4 – the first of its kind since MJ in the ’89 playoffs – leaving Gregg Popovich with some decisions to make heading into Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

With Kawhi Leonard draped on Durant, the Spurs have a viable wing defender on the MVP. However, Tony Parker and Danny Green have proven ineffective when trying to hang with Westbrook. Pop hinted at some lineup changes in Game 5, so the player to watch for is Cory Joseph. The third-year guard from Canada helped the Spurs’ second-unit trim the Thunder lead from 28 down into single digits at the end of Game 4. No, he won’t shut down the Thunder point guard, but he may slow him down just enough.


No doubt about it, Oklahoma City has all of the momentum heading into Game 5. Yet, the series is still tied at 2 and the Spurs get two of the last three games at home. It’s not time to panic in San Antonio just yet. Join us tonight at 9pm for all the coverage of Game 5 and test your basketball knowledge against the rest of the world!

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