Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double for 2nd Straight Year

A year ago, Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double over the course of a full season.

On Wednesday, he became the first player to pull off the feat twice.best nfl jerseys

Westbrook grabbed his 16th rebound in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies to clinch the triple-double average for the season. The reigning NBA MVP entered the final two games of the season needing 34 rebounds to finish with at least 10 rebounds per game. He hauled in 18 boards in the Thunder’s win over the Miami nfl jersey for cheapHeat on Monday.hi-res-6cf45a5fde41327a55a5d03308b07f59_crop_north

“I don’t think Russell’s ever played that way,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game when asked if Westbrook would chase the 16 boards. “I think he’s always focused on winning.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

“He’s got a unique ability as a guy that’s been able to impact the game with his scoring, his rebounding and his assists, but for me as a coach, the most important thing as a coach is can we build off these last two games on the road and play better and make some improvements and strides. Just being around Russell, custom nfl jerseys cheap I know he’s not wrapped up at all in that stuff. He’s more wrapped up in winning.”

Westbrook’s increased focus on the glass has led some criticism that he’s chasing rebounds—albeit not from his own locker room. Carmelo Anthony joked Westbrook has been “stealing” rebounds, but he said it helps the team.

“Sometimes you want to fight him a little bit, push him out of the way,” customized nfl jerseys cheap Anthony said Tuesday. “For me, it’s good because to have a guard like that to be able to crack back and get rebounds. He steals sometimes. He steals rebounds sometimes. But any time you can have a guard like that to come back and rebound the way he does, because we want to push the break, when he gets it off the rebound he’s able to jump start the break and a lot of good things happen from that.”

Tyrann Mathieu Reportedly Agrees to 1-Year Contract with Houston Texans

Veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter added the deal is worth $7 million.official nfl jerseys cheap

The Arizona Cardinals released Mathieu on March 14 after he declined to accept a pay cut for the 2018 season.

“I think there are different ways you can go about restructuring you contract,” he nfl authentic jerseys cheap said in an interview with NFL Network (via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site). “Some guys like their money up front, some guys put it on the back end. The tough part is when someone asks you to take a pay cut. I don’t think that makes sense for a lot of players.”hi-res-b13ff6bbfa40d34b2a18c464b0ba95dc_crop_north

While some may argue the Cardinals would’ve been better off keeping Mathieu, reebok nfl jerseysthe fact his release even became an option to the team highlighted how much his stock has dropped following his All-Pro season in 2015.

That season ended with Mathieu tearing his ACL. Whether the injury is solely or partly to blame, he hasn’t been the same player since.

A shoulder problem then limited Mathieu in 2016, best nfl jerseys  and he eventually landed on injured reserve after appearing in 10 games.

Mathieu remained healthy in 2017, but his 78 combined tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended were noticeably below the standard he had set in 2015, when he had 89 tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass nfl jersey for cheap breakups.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Steve Palazzolo, Mathieu allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 130.2 nfl jerseys cheap authentic  in 2016 and 91.6 in 2017. Compare that to his 70.3 opponent passer rating in 2015.