The memory of getting lit up for 42 points by Tony Parker in a regular season game earlier this season is still gnawing away at Russell Westbrook. With Parker planning on continuing with the offensive assault, Westbrook is prepared to bounce back. From the Oklahoman: “That 42-point explosion Tony Parker posted on the Thunder back in February still eats at him. ‘A little bit, yeah,’ Westbrook admitted. […] The Spurs point guard made 16 of 29 shots and heated up like a slow cooker, scoring six in the first quarter, 10 in the second, 16 in the third and another 10 in the fourth. He made 10 of 12 free throws. He dished out nine assists. He pulled down three rebounds. He came up with two steals. And he didn’t have a single turnover in 40 minutes. ‘It was a bad game,’ Westbrook said when asked what he remembers about that night. ‘It was a bad game for our team. We got out sluggish, kind of let them do what they wanted to do, especially Tony Parker.’ That winter night is now an important one as these two teams prepare to square off in the Western Conference Finals. Westbrook hasn’t forgotten what Parker did to him and his teammates. And when the ball is thrown up in Game 1 on Sunday, you can be sure that memory will help fuel Westbrook this time out. […] ‘I definitely can learn from it,’ Westbrook said. ‘Like I said, it was a tough game for us and we’ll learn from it.'”
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