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Coming out of the halftime and in that third quarter he was obviously spectacular. He was the reason why we got back into it and took a seven-point lead. He has been a phenomenal closer for us all year long ... you can't expect a guy to be perfect every single time.feedback
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Apr 26 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Billy Donovan is associated, including Russell, NIT, and game. Most recently, Billy Donovan has been quoted saying: “Let's be honest. When Russell has been off the floor for us, there's been a differential. I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games and different things that he's done. I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions. Sometimes, when the ball goes in the basket, people have a tendency to say, Wow! This was just an unbelievable performance!' And 'Is he the best closer in the game?' And then when they don't go in, it's gonna be, Did he take too many shots?” in the article Billy Donovan of Oklahoma City Thunder -- Trust in Russell Westbrook not wavering.
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No, I wasn't trying for the triple-double. I've seen enough miraculous things this year – at Dallas and Orlando – and I thought about taking him out at the stoppage of play around 3:40, 3:45. I just said, you know what, he gets hot around the 3-point line, we make a couple of shots. ... I just wanted to give our team every opportunity.feedback

For what Oscar Robertson did back in the '60s, for that to stand as long as it has, I think really shows how difficult something like that is. And I think for Russell, he's a unique talent that he gets an opportunity every night because of his ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways. Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore. So there's only six more days of this.feedback

With our team, we are just wanting to do what we need to play better. Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore. So, there's only about six more days of this.feedback

It's historic. If what he's doing wasn't so difficult we'd have a lot more people being able to do it. So I think it speaks to his ability to impact games in so many different ways, whether that's scoring, rebounding or assists. He can do it in a variety of ways. I think he's a very unique player, a player that maybe the league hasn't seen in quite some time because of what he can do in between the lines. So there's no question what he's done is remarkable.feedback

The other part that's been really positive too is, when that's happened, our team has won. I'm not saying all the time, but clearly he's impacting the game with his rebounding, assists and scoring. It has helped our team, and I think the record speaks for itself.feedback

I do really feel like tonight was a team moment, too. Obviously Russell was the one that scored and assisted and rebounded, no question, but you have to be part of a team for that to happen. And that was the really great part too. I think Russell was really humbled and the guys were great and the fans were awesome.feedback

Russell was spectacular coming down the stretch and the way he closed the game. Overall, it's just incredible what he's doing now. He played an exceptional second half again. He just has an incredible competitive spirit.feedback

I always say this about him, he never believes he is out of it or we're out of it.feedback

They are historic numbers you are talking about – Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson – two of the greatest players to play the game. They are impactful in the game. And I think that when Russell's career is done, whenever that time is, he is a guy that you are going to look at and say that what he's done throughout his career is historic.feedback

This guy, singlehandedly, regardless of what's happened to our team in terms of players going in or out, has given us opportunities every single night. And his leadership in terms of what he's trying to do to inspire the team, lead the team, to do the things that go into winning, is remarkable.feedback

In the third quarter, we took the lead but we needed more sustainability -- we did what we wanted to do, but we just didn't do it for long enough. There were some positive things we can take from this game but with our margin for error we can't have a lapse for a half or a bunch of turnovers that are difficult to overcome.feedback

Russell's seen every imaginable defense. He had some good looks, both in deep and in the free-throw line area. He had some 3s. It was a game where maybe shots didn't go down for him, but I didn't feel he was laboring to get shots off or he was having a difficult time getting to the rim.feedback

He understands he's part of a team and he's always wanted to be part of a team. He's one of the league leaders in assists. He generates a lot offense for other guys. He gets in there and helps rebound in the frontcourt. He's found that balance.feedback

We beat him in the NIT. I think. That was 30 years ago.feedback

I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you.feedback

There's no question in my mind that he should be starting. However, I understand that there's certain things that have to do with who does start. I'm not taking anything away from anybody who is starting, but ... Russell, in my opinion, should be starting.feedback

We didn't move the ball and we were stagnant. We gave them opportunities. We weren't ready to play.feedback

When you have the ball in (Westbrook's) hands a lot he's going to have the opportunity to put up huge numbers.feedback

They see the numbers and what he does in games. They don't get a chance to see behind the scenes. The one thing I admire about him is he practices every single day. He has great energy every single day. He comes to every shootaround and he practices. He puts the time in and that's the reason why he's as successful as he is.feedback

Obviously, the league hasn't seen something like this in a long, long time.feedback

All I had to do was watch one AAU game and then I stopped recruiting him immediately.feedback

He's been great. Just being around him and seeing his commitment to his teammates, his leadership and his competitive fire rubbing off on his teammates, it's been great to watch. What he's doing statistically is amazing, but as a coach, I've been impressed with his leadership.feedback

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