When Russell Westbrook does this one thing, Thunder are 0-9 all-time
On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder were without Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook tried to carry the team to a victory, but the Thunder came up short against the Boston Celtics.
On the surface, there's nothing remarkable beyond those basic facts. It's one game in an 82-game slog, and one that featured a missing superstar.
But it wasn't just another game. In fact, Sunday's loss was part of a larger trend in Oklahoma City that's been spreading since March 2014. It's simple, really: According to Basketball-Reference (and with a tip of the hat to Reddit), the Thunder are 0-9 all-time (including the playoffs) when Westbrook attempts 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.
Sunday was the first time this season Westbrook has reached that threshold, and it's not a coincidence that Durant was out. In five of the nine games in question, the Thunder were without Durant and Westbrook had to do the scoring. He's averaged 32.8 points per game on 94-for-264 (35.6 percent) shooting in those nine contests.
Although Oklahoma City took the loss on Sunday and continued this trend, at least Westbrook exacted a little bit of revenge with this dunk.