The case for Russell Westbrook

If Oklahoma City wins a title, it will be because of oft-criticized guard

Updated: June 15, 2012, 1:04 AM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

There was a moment in Game 1 in which Russell Westbrook had to make a decision.

With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, he could sit back to wait for James Harden or Kevin Durant to do something or he could literally take over the game himself. Westbrook grabbed a rebound, saw the Miami Heat were sleeping, took the ball the length of the court, cut into the lane and scored two points. The Heat called a 20-second timeout.

But it was too late. Westbrook already ...

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