Saturday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was painful for fans in the Valley of the Sun, watching superstar point guard Russell Westbrook post what might have been his most impressive triple double of the season. He recorded 26 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 22 assists in 34 minutes Saturday night.
Phoenix is used to seeing high assist outputs like this, (see Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash) but not from opposing teams.
Tyson Chandler praised not Westbrook’s phenomenal numbers, but rather for “putting his will over the game.”
Tonight Phoenix will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves who are coming off a heart-breaking loss at the hands of another former Thunder superstar, James Harden. Zach LaVine called the loss “unacceptable,” saying the team played “too good of a game to let that slip through [their] fingers.”
The Suns will hope the Wolves are still dealing with jet lag from the close loss to the Rockets. They’ll look to come out hot and stay hot in T.J. Warren’s second game back from a head injury that cost him 13 games of the season after a career-best start to the year.