Russell Westbrook on track to set unfortunate triple-double mark
Russell Westbrook has long been known as a player capable of stuffing the stat sheet each and every night he steps on the court, superstar efforts that routinely feature a steady dose of triple-doubles. In his first season with the Washington Wizards, the stats suggest that Westbrook notching those triple-doubles is to the team’s overall detriment.
The Wizards dropped their fourth straight game and seventh of the past 10 Monday night with a 103-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Westbrook, however, was his usual dynamic self, posting 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the loss.
The impressive stat line made for Westbrook’s 19th triple-double on the season. While Westbrook arguably deserves accolades for attempting to put an awful Wizards team on his back every game, it appears to come at a steep price when it comes to wins and losses.
As laid out in the above tweet, the Wizards are a paltry 8-11 whenever Westbrook notches a triple-double. If this losing trend continues in such games, Westbrook stands to set an ignominious NBA record.
While it’s possible that the team could at least bump up their win-loss record above .500 when Westbrook posts triple-doubles — assuming Westbrook continues to do so down the stretch — it’ll be a challenge to do so given Washington’s overall ineptitude this season.
Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, the Wizards sit at a woeful 17-32. Only the Magic and Detroit Pistons reside deeper in the Eastern Conference cellar. There is no doubt that Westbrook will continue trying to carry the Wizards as the season winds down.
The only question — at least as it relates to the potential of setting such an unfortunate statistical mark — is whether Westbrook, who currently is averaging a triple-double a game this season (21.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists), can figure out how to translate his ongoing, outstanding nightly output to lead the team to wins instead of losses.