Russell Westbrook relents with reporter after awful shooting night: 'Good question'

If there was ever a time Russell Westbrook didn’t want to talk to the media this year, it might have been Sunday night.

What could Westbrook, who infamously ignores questions even after wins, say when his team just lost a pivotal Game 4 at home and he shot them that way with a ghastly 5-for-21 shooting performance, with just a single second-half-point?

Well, maybe the loss caused Westbrook to reevaluate his priorities.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) defends in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
The Thunder are really going to need better from Russell Westbrook over the next few days. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Russell Westbrook opens up, kinda, to Berry Tramel

Following the Thunder’s 111-98 loss, Westbrook was asked a question by The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel. As Tramel has discussed in the past, that usually leads to a single answer from Westbrook: “Next question.”

This time, however, Westbrook was feeling relatively friendly:


Of course, a late face turn didn’t do much to change the schadenfreude that ensued from a few corners of the basketball world during Westbrook’s struggles, starting with some on the Portland side:

And, of course, the stats emerged:

Clearly, this is a bit of a low point for Westbrook. The only way the narrative around the fiery point guard doesn’t stay that way going into the offseason is some kind of heroic effort from Oklahoma City over its next three games.

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