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With a stretch of four straight triple doubles, Russell Westbrook showed the rest of the NBA that he can lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs, with or without Kevin Durant. For the first time since Michael Jordan had a stretch of seven consecutive triple doubles in ’89, Westbrook impressed the league with a run of four in a row. The streak ended last night in the Thunder’s loss at the Chicago Bulls, but he still had an impressive stat line. Westbrook scored 43 points (third straight game with 40+ points), had eight rebounds, and seven assists to lead the Thunder.

This recent run shows how Westbrook has proven his worth for Oklahoma City, and also keeps their playoff hopes alive as they hold a 0.5 game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans. It has also placed him in the MVP race.

I am not surprised by what Russell Westbrook has accomplished in the absence of Kevin Durant; the Thunder have two MVP-caliber players in Durant and Westbrook. This is just a testament to the drive that Westbrook plays with. He is a fiery competitor, and when you look through Google images of him, it always looks like he is mean-mugging someone.

This fiery attitude is what will get the Oklahoma City Thunder into the playoffs, and help them to make a deep run. Another reason is that they have added solid players by making trades at the trade deadline in Kanter, Singler, Novak, and Augustin. They rid themselves of Reggie Jackson, who wanted out, and also shed the burden of Kendrick Perkins and his ridiculously low stat line.

The craziest part about the Thunder right now is the fact that Durant hasn’t been able to play with Russell Westbrook and their new acquisitions because of his injured foot. This provides the biggest point of any that can be made about the Thunder getting to the playoffs. Don’t forget that center Steven Adams has been sidelined since Feb. 8 (right hand surgery) as well.

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As a fan, ask yourself this simple question: How scary will this Thunder team be when they get their MVP back and this group plays together for the first time?

Everyone is about to witness Halloween in March and April (and beyond), but don’t worry, there is no need to go out and buy a costume.

Dustin Brown covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.

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