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NBA: What did Russell Westbrook say is the hardest part about getting a triple-double?

Joshua Rogers May 21, 2021
NBA: What did Russell Westbrook say is the hardest part about getting a triple-double?
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What did Russell Westbrook say is the hardest part about getting a triple-double? After the Wizards’ win against the Pacers, Russell Westbrook joined the Inside The NBA crew to discuss the most difficult aspect of getting a triple-double.

The Washington Wizards overcame the Indian Pacers in the Eastern Conference’s second play-in game on Thursday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists as the Washington Wizards eased to a 142-115 victory over the Pacers.

The Wizards will now face the no.1 seed Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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Westbrook reveals the hardest thing about getting a triple-double

It was yet another triple-double for Westbrook and after the game he revealed which aspect of the stat-line is hardest to get.

After the win, Russ made an appearance on Inside The NBA.

While speaking to the crew, he was asked what is the hardest part of getting a triple-double.

He replied: “The hardest part is probably what you can’t control – the assists. What I can’t control is guys making shots. I can make it easy for them, but I can’t control if they score it or not.”

Westbrook added, “I can rebound on my own, score on my own, but I can’t control if guys make shots or not.”

Given Westbrook’s relatively small size for an NBA player (he’s 6ft 3in), you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d say rebounds.

Russ’ analysis makes sense though; assists ultimately boil down to whether your teammates can make the shot. SO more often than not, it’s out of your hands.

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Westbrook passes Oscar Robertson on the all-time triple-double list

Russell Westbrook recently passed Oscar Robertson on the all-time list for most triple doubles.

The Washington Wizards guard notched the 182nd triple-double of his career earlier this month, putting him above The Big ‘O’.

After breaking the record, Westbrook said: “Man, it’s unbelievable.

“I’m truly blessed and thankful. I’m just thankful for everybody along the way, along this journey.

“To be in conversation with Oscar, one, I want to just thank him because he set the stage.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.