The Thunder went winless against Golden State last season. In those games, the Warriors supposedly found it easy to deal with Russell Westbrook. Jack McCallum's new book “Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors and the California Dreamers who Reinvented Basketball” cites anonymous Warriors players saying that Westbrook's style of play is easy to defend against. The buzz was supported by ESPN's Zach Lowe, who earlier this week said on “The Lowe Post” podcast that he's had conversations with Warriors players about defending Westbrook. “Jack McCallum's new book about the Warriors has a bunch of anonymous Warriors talking about how they don't fear Russ,” Lowe said. “How (Kevin Durant) left partly because of Russ. How Russ's style of play is so easy for them to defend it's like cake to them. “I've talked to the Warriors about this kind of stuff. What's in Jack's book is 100 percent what they say when you ask them about Russ.” Westbrook averaged 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists in four games against Golden State last season, but he also had 32 turnovers and shot just 37.5 percent in those games. In the last 17 games against Golden State, 13 of those with Durant, Westbrook has eclipsed 40 percent from the field just three times. The Warriors were able to focus their defensive efforts on Westbrook last season, but this season should look different with the additions of elite scorers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Westbrook was not made available to the media Thursday, but Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked about the reports. “I'm not going to respond to that,” Donovan said.
Donovan stands behind Westbrook's 'easy to defend' style
The Oklahoman | Oct 13