OKC Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook has been spectacular since returning from injury in late November, playing the best ball of his career.
Though Westbrook continues to take exception to most criticism, he admits that he needs to do a better job when standing behind the three-point line.
Russ has basically eliminated long two’s from his game, is finishing at the rim exceptionally and shooting less threes. He says the long-range bombs need to be reduced further.
Per Daily Thunder:
“I need to stop taking as many as I’m taking, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I’m going to take those down as the season goes along.”
“It’s not always a great shot for myself or my team. So I’ve got to do a better job of taking those out,” he said. “My advantage is attacking, regardless of who’s in front of me. That’s my advantage. And I’ve got to use my advantage to help my team and help myself.”
Relevant: Westbrook’s first 11 games this season, he took a total of 31 3s, hitting 11 of them. His last three games, he’s taken 17, hitting just three. He’s lost grip on his shot selection a bit, getting carried away to fire away from deep. Some have been good looks he’s missed. Others have been completely forced. […] “I thought he took maybe two or three too many (Sunday) night,” Scott Brooks said. “The ones when his feet are set, those are ones all our guys can make. The ones behind screens off the dribble, those are tough shots. But his shot selection for the month of December since he’s been back has been good. He’s been shooting at a high percentage.”