The surging Thunder heads to Portland tonight to take on the slumping Blazers with a chance to take over sixth place in the West. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT.
Westbrook leads the National Basketball Association in triple-doubles this season with 30, but in two tries against Portland this season, he has failed to record one.
"Russell has great internal belief and and belief in his teammates", Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. Tonight's contest will be his first game in Portland. Oscar Robertson holds the record for triple doubles in a season at 41. With his next triple double, Russell Westbrook will tie Wilt Chamberlain for second on the single-season record book with 31 triple doubles.
Oklahoma City bolstered its bench with a trade last week that brought forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott from Chicago.
That makes three-straight games with at least 40 points for Westbrook, averaging 43.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 37.5 minutes per game in that span. The 6-3 point guard had 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
"We're frustrated", Lillard told reporters.
The Trail Blazers played in their league-leading seventh overtime game on Tuesday, losing at Detroit, 120-113 (3-4 in overtime games this season). Yeah, the strength of Lillard's game is his scoring and his scoring is what the team feeds off to win games, along with his backcourt mate C.J Mccollum, who's come into his own as well.
The Blazers (24-35) had a tough February, going 2-7 in the month and giving up 111.2 points per game over that stretch.
"Fortunately, we're still in position to get the No. 8 spot". As long as that door is open, we have to keep working toward that.