Doing Lines: Westbrook Cuts Through
Super Bowl Sunday presented a limited line-up of games, but a couple offered some real entertainment. And when I say entertainment, I know you're thinking Thunder vs Kings!
The game didn't start until 3PM ET, just 3-1/2 hours before the Big Game. The tiny crowd probably thought it could make it home for the kickoff no problem ... until the game went to overtime. Jeff Green had a ridiculous tip off an intentionally missed free throw to send it to the extra frame; a dozen security guards sighed heavily, I imagine.
But whatever: Russell Westbrook was insane in this one, scoring a career-high 34 points while getting to the line for 22 FTAs. Most of his work came slicing through and stuttering in the lane -- very crafty work. On the other side, Kevin Martin put up 37 points on 24 FGAs in the Sacramento win.
Telling absence: Kevin Garnett missed the Timberwolves' visit due to illness; as a result, Boston almost missed the win. The Wolves were within six in the final minutes on the back of incredible scoring output (34 points) from Al Jefferson; Paul Pierce, however, did enough for the Celtics to pull it out -- 36 points, eight rebounds, six assists.