Mike D’Antoni: You Can’t Buy Russell Westbrook’s Heart

Russell Westbrook was absolutely dominant in Houston’s 111-110 overtime road win Saturday against the Boston Celtics, finishing with 41 points (on 16/27 shooting), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

“You can’t go to the supermarket and buy heart,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters afterwards.

Russ has been on an absolute tear since H-Town fully embraced its super small-ball attack.


“You can’t go to the supermarket and buy heart,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of Westbrook after the game. “You know he has that. It’s pretty impressive.”

By having five quick, interchangeable players spread around the 3-point arc, there are all sorts of driving lanes available for Westbrook to attack.

“I don’t know, man,” Westbrook said, when asked if Houston’s stylistic changes have put him in better positions offensively than he has ever been in during his NBA career. “I just try to find ways every year to be better and find ways to become a better player and teammate. Obviously based on the changes we made and the way we line up, I have to find ways to constantly keep being effective and help my team win games and that’s what I try to do.

“Right now I think I’m moving in the right direction. I’ve just got to stay locked in on what I’m doing and my craft and keep doing what I’ve been doing since I’ve been in the league, and that’s going out and competing every night.”

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