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Houston Rockets' Small Ball Has Unleashed a New and Improved Russell Westbrook


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SOURCE: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2878209-houston-rockets-microball-has-unleashed-a-new-and-improved-russell-westbrook
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And they've unlocked a new level of efficiency previously unseen from Russell Westbrook.After dismantling the Memphis Grizzlies, 140-112, on Wednesday, Houston is now 9-2 since that last game with Capela, and it's scoring 4.9 more points per 100 possessions than it did before the drastic lineup change.The difference in playing style and aesthetics is glaring. But all that pales in comparison to what it is doing for the 2016-17 MVP as an individual.With traditional centers no longer occupying the floor inside the three-point line, Westbrook is attacking space with a relentlessness few, if any, players can match.Russell Westbrook with an amazing finish, dude is EATING in the paint 🍽 https://t.co/LtPjFudg0VHis season had started to turn a corner a bit before Houston's philosophical shift, but he was averaging 26.3 points with a well-below-average 52.6 true shooting percentage through Jan. 29. Houston was a respectable plus-3.4 points per 100 possessions with Russ on the floor and plus-6.3 with him off.After going for 33 points on 15-of-24 shooting in the blowout win over Memphis, Westbrook is now averaging 32.3 points since the stylistic shift on a 57.7 true shooting percentage that would top his season-long career high by over two percentage points.

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