Jun 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts during the fourth quarter of game one against the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder defeated the Heat 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Russell Westbrook vs Dwayne Wade

I thought this would be another good match up to talk about.  Kevin Durant vs LebronJames is going to get the headlines and people are going to keep their eyes on that.  But I do think Westbrook and Wade can hold their own in the series and can lead each of their teams to a win.

Westbrook and Wade are two dynamic scorers who can take over games when need be.  I do think both guys will defer to James and Durant at times as well.  Wade actually seems more comfortable with that part.  But I look at Westbrook and can see him as wanting to be a focal point of a team.  But he does understand what he can do for the Thunder and does it well.

Surprising stat I heard on the radio for Westbrook and to put away those people who say “he shoots too much” is that the Thunder are 25-5 when Westbrook shots more than Durant.  That might not seem like a good stat to throw out there, but it’s something to put out there.

Wade has definitely been a better player since game three of the series with the Indiana Pacers, but still looks to be a bit off with his shot. I think if he wants to help Lebron he needs to be more aggressive in the lane and not settle for jump shots. I would believe the same for Westbrook.  Both those guys are great finishers and can be that type of slash and drive players.

This is a match up to win and even if they’re not guarding each other, both guys will play a part in tonight’s game.

Who would you rather put on your team? Wade or Westbrook?


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