The Time Russell Westbrook TRASH TALKED Steph Curry and INSTANTLY Regretted It (Ft. NBA Defense)
Russell Westbrook tried to trash talk Stephen Curry and insult him, let’s just say it didn’t workout out and Curry got him in the NBA #Curry #NBA #Trashtalk
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This would be the 73-9 season, the season that Curry would win unanimous MVP and change the league forever. Also keep in mind that Russ hasn’t won any MVP yet and the Thunder haven’t made the finals since 2012.
This all leads to the 2016 western conference finals between the two powerhouses. And so this series starts off with the Thunder jumping out to a 3-1 lead. After the first game, it was just blowout city with Games 2,3, and 4 being decided by an average of 26.3 points. The Warriors would fight their way in Game 5. Durant would drop 40, Curry would have 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists with 5 steals to lead the Warriors to a 9 point lead. The victory was anything but pretty. After the game, a reporter would ask Westbrook and KD about whether Curry was underrated and this was their response. Yeah, Westbrook laughed at Curry’s defense. So yes while KD gave a more diplomatic answer saying the Warriors have other pieces, he said that Curry doesn’t guard the other team’s best point guards. Curry led the league in steals, but Westbrook obviously thought that Curry’s defense was a joke.
The funny thing is that Westbrook was actually one of the best on-ball defenders on Russ and throughout the first 4 games, Curry was the primary defender on Russ. Throughout the 5 games, Westbrook was averaging 28 points and 11 assists with 4.6 turnovers on 41.3% from the field. He was doing Westbrook things and you couldn’t complain with the results. This graphic actually says a lot. Westbrook was nowhere near dominating Curry. Along with shooting 32%, he also committed 7 turnovers when guarded by Curry. Is Curry a lockdown defender? Heck no. The stats might say so. In Game 5, Curry had the highest defensive ratings of all players who played 30+ minutes, but Curry isn’t better than Klay, Iggy, or Draymond and that’s the point.
And so now we head to Game 6. Most people remember Game 6 for Game 6 Klay dropping 41 points hitting ridiculous threes, Klay hit 11 threes and dropped 41 points, but the Warriors were down for most of the game. Klay was keeping them in it with Curry dropping 23 points through 3 quarters. Klay went off in the beginning of the 4th to prevent the Thunder from extending their lead.
With 5 minutes to go, the Thunder are up 7 and this is where Curry starts to take over. Klay hits this ridiculous three over Westbrook, and then Curry loses Westbrook with a screen and hits this deep one. Later, Curry provides excellent help defense on Durant who throws the ball away. Curry hits the three on the other end and now the Warriors are back in it. Westbrook can’t buy a bucket, Klay hits another 3, and now it’s time. A shot here could really seal the deal and Klay misses it, but the Warriors get another shot. Curry hits the tough layup with Westbrook switching off. He holds 7 fingers to say it’s Game 7. This whole time, but Durant and Westbrook have been choking on the offensive end, not really able to buy a bucket. The Thunder call timeout with Westbrook to inbound the ball. That defense that Westbrook was saying was overrated, the off-ball help defense that led to steals just ended the game. Curry ended the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists shooting 43% from 3. Klay was the reason the Warriors kept up, Curry was the reason why the Warriors closed. Westbrook ended the game with 5 turnovers.
Game 7 was the Curry show. I mean pure off dribble domination. On Westbrook on everyone, it didn’t matter.
I think this summed it up. And as the Thunder were closing in Curry shut them out again and the Warriors went on to win the series, coming back from 3-1, only to lose a 3-1 lead. But honestly, this series is forgotten because of what happens next. Curry ended Game 7 with 36 points and 8 assists with 7 threes, Westbrook had 19 and 12 on 33% from the field. Since that comment, Russ got completely owned by Curry.
Since then they haven’t seemed to be cool, Russ doesn’t like Curry but I don’t know how true that is, I don’t wanna pull a Chris Broussard and say according to multiple sources. Curry picked Harden over Westbrook in the MVP debate in 2017. Westbrook said (who is he? Clip large room). Steph showed up and of course he didn’t make a big deal out of it in the press, but knowing from his history, Steph definitely used that as motivation, but what do you think? Where does Curry rank in point guards and all time? What about Westbrook?