Over the past few months, guard Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers has been the focus of numerous trade rumors, most notably regarding a potential deal to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield. Westbrook, however, is demonstrating that he belongs in purple and gold after exerting his dominance over a Pacers interior that was outmatched, even if only for one night.
With about ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Westbrook drove on Pacers rookie Andrew Nembhard while sporting a headband after getting cut badly in their previous game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Nembhard was easily avoided by Westbrook, who also attracted the attention of three other Pacers defenders in Aaron Nesmith, Benedict Mathurin, and James Johnson. But it didn’t matter.
James Johnson was raised into the air by Russell Westbrook following two pump fakes. Westbrook eventually got Johnson’s arms around him to stop him from scoring, but it was all in vain as Westbrook smashed through the contact for a fierce and-one. When Westbrook is in such a groove, there is unquestionably no better supporter than himself, as evidenced by the dance he burst out into after the hoop and the injury.
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— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 29, 2022
Russell Westbrook has long been known for dancing and making ferocious motions on the court, such as the well-known rock-the-baby celebration. Westbrook and his former teammate Cameron Payne used a variety of dancing movements in their pre-game ritual while they played for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s encouraging to see Westbrook back to his energetic self on the court, and the Lakers may benefit as a result. While Andrew Nembhard’s game-winning shot to cement the Pacers’ comeback victory is certain to garner media attention, it shouldn’t overshadow Westbrook’s strong performance. Westbrook, who played 27 minutes off the bench for the Lakers, finished with 24 points on 10-18 shooting as he continued to establish a reliable position for himself. Take a dance, Russ.