Thunders’ Westbrook calls Game 2 play ‘unacceptable’, vows to play better
The Oklahoma City Thunders’ Game 1 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers was a close match with only a 5-point difference in the final score. Game 2 however, was a different story. The Blazers totally outplayed the Thunders, leading to another disappointing 114-94 loss Wednesday (Manila time).
Thunders superstar Russell Westbrook blamed himself for the less-than-stellar performance and vowed to play better in Game 3.
“Starting with myself, I’ve got to play better,” Westbrook said postgame. “And tonight, the loss, I’m going to take full responsibility for tonight. Because the way I played was unacceptable. I’m going to be better, so I’m not worried one bit. My job is to make sure I continue to come out and will and lead our guys and make sure we have a chance to win the game.”
Westbrook was one rebound away from a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Contributing only 6 to the team’s 16 turnovers, making only 5 out of 20 shots from the field and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, and his sloppy defensive plays were factors the Blazers took advantage from, not to mention the foul scuffle he had with rival Damian Lillard. One can say that Westbrook wasn’t on top of his game that day, which isn’t a good thing considering they’re playing in the playoffs stage right now.
It’s normal for Westbrook to take responsibility for these kinds of things, and he maintained a positive mindset above it all. When asked about how his team is doing, the 8-time All-Star said he trusted his team to turn things around in Game 3.
“They [Portland Trail Blazers] won their first two home games. We wanted to steal one game over the weekend but we’ll stay with it. We are a great basketball team. I trust in everybody on our team to make great plays on both sides of the ball. We’ll be alright. My job is to make sure I continue to lead our guys and make sure we have a chance to win a game.”
The Thunders head back to Oklahoma City for Game 3 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday (Manila time). (Janiel Abby Toralba)