Westbrook debuted in a historic game between the Clippers and Kings
Russell Westbrook made his LA Clippers debut on Friday night, tallying 17 points to go along with 14 assists and 5 rebounds. Westbrook provided everything the Clippers hoped he would, pushing the pace and finding shooters in route to a franchise record 174 points.
When asked about his debut after the game, Westbrook said, “Just the ability to be able to guard and compete. That’s something I don’t take for granted, being somewhere and given the opportunity to go play. Not just that, but the support. The organization, my teammates, the fans. Overall, it was a great debut, but just didn’t get the win. That’s the sad part about it. But taking out of it, just being able to go out and compete and the support system was at an all-time high, so I’m very appreciative of that.”
The Clippers ultimately fell in overtime, largely due to Westbrook wrongfully fouling out, which the NBA has since admitted. Despite this, there were a lot of reasons for optimism after a game like this.
When asked how he felt out there, Westbrook said, “Just trying to find ways to be effective while I’m on the floor, and whatever’s asked of me.
Screening, whatever role and handling whatever that may be. Cutting, just trying to do different
things to impact the game. Using my IQ to be able to make plays for others.”
It was a solid debut for Westbrook, who projects to really help the Clippers as they enter the regular season’s stretch run.
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