We've seen this movie before, the one in which David meets Goliath, Rocky Balboa fights Apollo Creed, William Wallace offers the bloods of thousands of Scots in return for a small taste of freedom. It's the one where the underdog, shorthanded for some reason, fights tooth and nail for a shot at something greater than they could've ever imagined.
It's time for another Hardwood Paroxysm Round Table Over Everything! HOO-AH! It's the end of the year, and we've got awards to hand out. But not, like, the regular kind. The better kind. The ones that people in twenty, forty, one hundred years will really remember when thinking about these players. Don't forget to sign the yearbooks of our voting panel on the way out! HAGS! KIT!
Patrick Beverley never did anything to you.
In the past, the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled without Russell Westbrook in their lineup, which doesn't come as a huge surprise seeing as he's a top five player in the league when healthy. However, ever since he went under the knife again before the New Year, the Thunder have been one of the NBA's hottest teams, posting a 20-8 record over a two month period which has helped hold their position at the top of a crowded Western Conference.
Rejoice! One has come to save us from this tedious season!
Friday against the Golden State Warriors, Westbrook nailed a trey that put Oklahoma up by one point and left just 0.1 seconds on the clock. The game-winner secured a win for his rolling squad and left us speaking in tongues. Let's not allow the electricity of the moment to confuse us, though. This was not the play of the game, or even his. Westbrook's defining imprint on the game seconds before the shot when he flung into the air and lunged for an offensive rebound that would have otherwise belonged to the 6'11 Jermaine O'Neal.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK BACK. BECAUSE HE'S A TIME-TRAVELING ASTRONAUT FROM THE FUTURE.
On the seventh day, God created Man, and therefore, knees. Jerk.
Russell Westbrook will miss the first 4 to 6 weeks of the NBA season. We will miss the concept of an indestructible Russell Westbrook.