The NBA season is back in full swing. At this point the sample size of games played is far too small to draw any sort of worthwhile conclusions. However, what can be said is that it will be interesting to watch these two megastars, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, share ball duties. The two former league MVPs have already started doing what they do best. With the win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, Westbrook recorded his 139th triple-double which moved him past Magic Johnson into the #2 spot. Now Westbrook sits behind only Oscar Robertson.
After solidifying his place in the history books, Westbrook said, “I know nowadays getting a triple-double seems normal, but I take a [lot of] pride, a lot of energy, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of things I do off the floor to prepare myself to be able to compete every single night and play at a high level. For me, that’s a great accomplishment, especially growing up and never even thinking I’d be playing in the NBA. Now being there and being in the history books is just a blessing to me and something that I don’t take for granted one bit.”
Though Harden’s shot hasn’t quite started to fall, there is no doubt he will be heating up soon. In the meantime, Harden has delivered at the free throw line. With as close as these games have been, Harden’s nearly 96% average at the FT line has easily made the difference between wins and a losses.