Russell Westbrook capped off his third straight triple-double (37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) with a game-winning pull-up jumper against Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavs on Monday. The shot also capped off a 14-0 (12 by Westbrook) Thunder run to end the game and guarantee Cuban’s Mavs their first losing record in 17 seasons.
The reason I keep name-dropping Cuban is because the Shark made some noise last year and was called an “idiot” by Kevin Durant for saying Westbrook is an “All-Star but not a superstar.”
“He’s putting up superstar numbers. That’s for damn sure,” Cuban said of Westbrook back in December. “I’m not taking anything away from what he’s been able to accomplish, but I’m not going to change my definition. He’s putting up superstar numbers. You can’t deny that.”
When asked if his performance and game-winner meant a little more coming against the Mavs, Westbrook said, “Nah, man. I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn’t even matter to me. He’s going to do his job, and I’m going to do mine.”
To be fair to Cuban, his “not a superstar” comments were made months ago and although I don’t think he will admit it, I do believe he now believes Westbrook is a superstar, especially since Beastbrook has averaged 37 against his Mavs this season.