Before I go all in on that Russell “Westbrick,” who, despite his talents and being a whiny little bitch to referees and players alike, there is a definite mutual respect between Russ and Dame stemming from their God-given talents. Dame has been quoted as saying that they don’t have a beef but “They aint friends.” During Game 1 against the Thunder, Lillard did what he does best: activate Dame Time and go off in the 4th quarter. In Game 2 he bought an amazing amount of real estate inside his head, so much so that Westbrook was already in the locker room when the final horn sounded. That being said, if the Blazers were to continue on with their momentum from Games 1 and 2 and go on to win the series; there would be some serious (national) conversations about who the better point guard is between Lillard and Westbrook. This would seriously piss Westbrook off, since he clearly thinks he is a gift from God and is entitled to throw up 50 shots per game. Lillard, on the other hand, averages 18 shots a contest and is as efficient as fuck. Westbrook’s ego has a lot to do with his success but it will also be his downfall.
There definitely is some bad blood between Russ and some of the Blazers and Russ isn’t afraid to talk trash and just be a dick in general. I for one miss the Rasheed Wallace days, where we obviously weren’t afraid to get a technical foul every now and then to garner respect and get our point across. When Steve Adams leveled Dame in Game 2 with a solid screen, Barkley spoke post game about how there needed to be retaliation on the Blazers side. Nobody does that to our guys. If we did that and played that game, then we could maybe shut his ass up for once. But since Lillard is too classy to start brawling verbally or physically with anyone, the crowd needs to play a role, when it comes to pissing Westbrook off and affecting his game. For example, the Moda Center needs to be rocking merciless boos whenever he touches the ball and serenade him with chants of “NEXT QUESTION” every time he misses. This is obviously a play on his childlike press conference when he was asked a simple question after the Thunder’s first loss to the Blazers on Sunday.
The bottom line is that Westbrook flops more than the salmon in the Columbia River and he WILL make it to the line. This is Rip City’s chance to let Westbrook know that his petty, childish, bitch-ass attitude doesn’t fly; especially when it's directed at the Blazers in any way, shape, or form. We need (friend of the show Rob) Free Throw Guy to fly back up here just to hold a sign reading “NEXT QUESTION” every time he makes it to the line. Seasoned players aren’t really affected by shenanigans like this, but something tells me that thin-skin Russ pays attention to this kind of shit. Lets go a step further and pay a somebody to touch his arm like what happened on in February. That seemed to piss him off, immensely.
I would never wish harm to anyone, but the the ideal situation would be for a big, bench player (Leonard, Collins) to just set a rough screen on Westbrook and let his emotions take over. The best defense the Blazers can play on him during this series isn’t getting up in his face when he squares up. It isn’t restricting his path to the rack by clogging the lane. It’s by getting out your lawn chair and setting up shop in his head. The rest, he will do to himself.
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