With just 11 games left in the regular season, Russell Westbrook is averaging 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.4 assists, and he needs seven more triple-doubles to break Oscar Robertson's record of 41 in a season.
Westbrook will face 10 more teams down the stretch — five playoff-bound, and three of the top four defenses in the league — as the Thunder compete for playoff positioning and Westbrook vies for the MVP.
Will Westbrook put the finishing touches on his historic season? Let's take a look at the 10 teams that can stop him.
@ Houston Rockets (March 26)
The Thunder begin a three-game road trip with a nationally televised duel that could decide the MVP race: Westbrook vs. James Harden. If that doesn't motivate the Beard and his teammates to play some defense, nothing will.
Westbrook is averaging 35, 8.3 and 8 in three games (two losses) against Houston, including 49 in a Jan. 5 loss. He's also hitting 38.5 percent of his threes — guess the Rockets' touch from deep is contagious.
@ Dallas Mavericks (March 27)
Playing at Dallas on the second night of a back-to-back won't be easy, especially after a shootout in Houston. And Westbrook will have to step up his game against the Mavs, the No. 3 defense in the league.
Westbrook averaged 37, 7 and 4 in splitting the first two matchups with the Mavs, scoring 45 in a Jan. 26 win and losing March 5 at Dallas after Noel arrived in a trade (and against a backcourt of Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell).
@ Orlando Magic (March 29)
A trip to Orlando isn't as tough or meaningful now that Serge Ibaka has been traded to Toronto, but the Thunder will be trying to tune up for a big game when they get back home.
Westbrook had 41, 12 and 16 in a loss to Orlando, and another performance like that could sew up his triple-double average for the season. But Elfrid Payton will be trying for a triple-double of his own.
San Antonio Spurs (March 31)
The Thunder return home to a nationally televised game with the Spurs, and unless Coach Pop opts to sits his stars, this should be a battle. With Kawhi Leonard also in the MVP conversation and that No. 1 playoff spot up for grabs, expect the Spurs to turn up their second-ranked defense.
Westbrook averaged 25, 9.5 and 13.5 in splitting two games against the Spurs, so he should be up for the challenge against Kawhi. Get your popcorn for that one.
Charlotte Hornets (April 2)
The Hornets are battling to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, but there's no telling if they'll stop Westbrook from getting his numbers.
Westbrook had 33, 15 and 8 in a Jan. 4 loss to Charlotte, so good luck Kemba Walker.
Milwaukee Bucks (April 4)
The Bucks are coming on strong down the stretch, so the Thunder will have their hands full against the Greek Freak.
Westbrook had 30, 7 and 6 in a Jan. 2 loss at Milwaukee, and the Bucks have a top-10 defense.
@ Memphis Grizzlies (April 5)
The Grizz will be battling the Thunder for playoff position, so this should be a tough second game of back-to-backs.
Westbrook is averging 27.7, 10.3 and 8 in three games (two wins) against Memphis, which boasts the fourth-ranked defense in the league.
@ Phoenix Suns (April 7)
Westbrook has torched the Suns for 51 and 48 points, so scoring won't be an issue. He'll just have to make sure he spreads the ball around enough and gets boards against Phoenix, a top-10 rebounding team.
Westbrook is averaging 41.7, 13.7 and 13.7 in three games (two wins) vs. Phoenix, and since the Suns have shut down their vets, this could be a season-sealing performance by Russ.
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Denver Nuggets (April 9, 12)
The Nuggets are competing for the eighth and final playoff position in the West and should be pushing hard in this home-and-away pair. Also, the Nuggets and Thunder are the top rebounding teams in the NBA, so they'll be battling for every board.
Westbrook is averaging 34, 14 and 14 in two wins over Denver, and the Nuggets (along with the Suns) are among the worst defensive teams in the league. Russ could go nuclear in this final stretch.
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@ Minnesota Timberwolves (April 11)
The Wolves have nothing but young guys to throw at Westbrook, and they're among the best under 25. Whether or not they'll get up for this one with Westbrook is another question.
Westbrook is averaging 26.7, 8 and 11.7 in three games (two wins) against the Wolves, but he had a quadruple-double with 10 turnovers in their last meeting.
Prediction: Westbrook will finish with 42 triple-doubles to edge Robertson for the record, he'll become just the second player to average one for a season, and he'll win the MVP by a narrow margin over Harden.