Mr. Triple-Double can now cross the last NBA team off his list.
Before Saturday, Russell Westbrook had recorded a triple-double against every franchise in the Association except one. The Bulls were the anomaly, until you know, Russ took the United Center floor and did Russ-like things in the teams' first matchup of the season.
The Bulls are the only opponent against whom Russell Westbrook has not recorded a triple-double.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) October 28, 2017
It took the reigning MVP only 25 minutes of uncompetitive basketball to mess around and get a triple-double, his third in six games this season and 82nd of his career. With his 12 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds, he became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 29 other teams.
Despite getting Westbrooked in front of their home fans, the Bulls should have a sense of pride in rejecting the dynamic point guard's triple-double bids in the past. In 17 previous meetings, the Bulls have limited -- if you can categorize it as that -- Westbrook to 22.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Ridiculous numbers for your average NBA player, but pedestrian for Russ. The Bulls also have a long way to go to catch the Magic, 76ers, Nuggets and Rockets, who have all seen Westbrook post five triple-doubles against them.
It's clear that Fred Hoiberg has a diligent staff gameplanning to stop Westbrook. But if health allows, a suggestion for the team's next defensive scheme to stop Westbrook could be to throw former teammate and dance partner Cameron Payne on him.
Maybe that will slow him down?