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Russell Westbrook Faces Backlash After Crucial Late-Game Turnover And Airball Cost Rockets Game 6

(via www.si.com)

(via www.si.com)

For as great as Russell Westbrook is on the basketball court, his on-court decision making and late-game failures have always been major areas of concern.

Throughout his career, Russ has earned a reputation for being a bit careless with the ball, either turning it over or taking, and missing, ill-advised shots in the most important situations.

In Houston, during just his second game back to action, one of those infamous scenarios played out yet again.

Throughout the contest, Westbrook was throwing away the basketball. He finished with a ganme0high 7 turnovers on the night to go along with his 17 points.

The worst of it came late in the fourth quarter when he followed up an air-ball with a pretty rough pass out of bounds to give OKC the ball with second seconds left in the game. At that point, the Rockets were down just two points.

This essentially sealed the outcome, and both teams will be playing Game 7 on Wednesday.

Until then, Russ can expect to hear a lot of heat from the community, who quick to jump on him for his pretty rough performance tonight.

All-in-all, it was a very winnable game for Houston that they pretty much gave away in the clutch. While the burden does not fall on Westbrook alone, he was clearly amongst the biggest factors of their loss.

Fortunately, he will have the chance to redeem himself in Game 7.