Russell Westbrook insists he isn't superstitious.

Just don't ask the Thunder's point guard to talk about his health.

Westbrook leads all active NBA players in consecutive games played with 297 straight games. In a league filled with machismo mentalities, the streak is a badge of honor of sorts for Westbrook.

It also is a tangible trait, Westbrook's durability, that is quickly turning him into the lead dog among the league's top floor leaders.

As the Thunder prepares to face Chicago for the first and only time before what just might crystallize into this year's NBA Finals matchup, Oklahoma City finally finds its All-Star point guard garnering as much, if not more, praise than the Bulls' reigning MVP, Derrick Rose.

Westbrook can thank the basketball gods for blessing him with superb health that, coupled with a recent string of consistent dominance, now has national analysts like Jeff Van Gundy claiming he's been the best point guard in the league this year.