Russell Westbrook Dismisses Patrick Beverley’s Defense

by April 19, 2017

Russell Westbrook missed 17 of 23 shot attempts in Houston’s 118-87 Game 1 beatdown of OKC, but the Thunder superstar refuses to concede that Patrick Beverley (or any other Rockets defender, for that matter) had anything to do with his struggles.

Westbrook says he can do whatever he wants offensively, regardless of the type of defense he’s facing.

Russ played just 13 minutes in the second half, finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and nine turnovers in the ugly loss.


“I never worry about what other guys are doing; it doesn’t bother me. I’ve seen it all already,” Westbrook said, when asked whether he’d broken down film of how Beverley defended him in Game 1.


Asked Tuesday whether he gets up for his games when he’ll be matched up against Beverley, who is likely to make an all-defensive team this season, Westbrook shrugged and questioned the premise of the question.


“My opinion on all-defensive team is different than you guys,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s Game 2. “I really don’t know what to say to that. You can check and see what criteria goes to all-defense. I really don’t know what the criteria is considered for all-defense.


“He’s a good defender for their team, but I don’t worry about nobody, how they’re defending. I can pretty much do what I want to do.”