VIDEO: Rockets’ Russell Westbrook loses the ball on the way up but recovers for the beautiful finish
Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets is still producing some of the most entertaining highlights in the NBA in his age-31 season, as this acrobatic layup against the Portland Trail Blazers displays.
Russ creating new ways to score
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 16, 2020
As you can see, Russell Westbrook loses the ball as he’s going up for the layup, regains control of it mid-air, gets fouled and still manages to put the ball in rather easily for the and-one opportunity. Truly elite stuff from one of the biggest stars in the NBA.
Despite Westbrook’s big-name appeal, many have questioned the Rockets for trading a massive bounty to the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to acquire Westbrook, including giving up Chris Paul, who has experienced an impressive resurgence so far in the 2019-20 season.
While the Rockets have been good, they have not been the world-beaters that many expected them to be. Still, if Westbrook continues to make plays like this one, they’ll be in good shape come playoff time.
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