Russell Westbrook says the words his critics have been waiting to hear after loss

May 7, 2016

No, the words were not "I need a fashion intervention."

But what Russell Westbrook admitted after Friday night's 100-96 Game 3 loss to the San Antonio Spurs was as highly anticipated by his critics.

"Too many shots. I think I honestly gotta do a better job, like I said before, of getting guys good shots. Steven (Adams) got one shot. I gotta get other guys involved to beat this team. Even though I had some shots I (normally) make, I gotta read and find ways to get guys good shots. I'll take the blame."

It was an unusually contrite tone from Westbrook, who took 31 shots to score 31 points on the night, while Kevin Durant (26 on 10-of-18) was far more efficient, as was Spurs star Kawhi Leonard (31 on 9-of-17).


Westbrook and Durant both turned the ball over five times, including a couple of costly turnovers late in the game.

However, FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach says the Thunder's problem is not with its two superstars. He writes that they lack late-game composure under new coach Billy Donovan — same as they did under old coach Scott Brooks.