The NBA’s Thursday night lineup will feature the hotly-anticipated Game 3 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns.
The series is currently tied 1-1 and it feels like it could go all the way to seven games.
Thursday’s game could be very telling and exciting because it will be the first in Los Angeles on the Clippers’ home court.
This could help the team improve and feel more in their groove.
However, Skip Bayless believes that one Clippers star isn’t going to have a very strong performance in Game 3.
“It boils down to a Big 4 from Phoenix vs a Big 1 for the Clippers. Russell Westbrook gets exposed tonight,” Bayless said on Undisputed.
"It boils down to a Big 4 from Phoenix vs a Big 1 for the Clippers. Russell Westbrook gets exposed tonight."@RealSkipBayless is picking the Suns in Game 3 pic.twitter.com/aM8cLgKhS9
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Bayless admits that Westbrook was very helpful to the team in Game 1 and even used the word “efficient” to describe his work in Game 2.
But he believes that returning back to Crypto.com Arena will somehow weaken Westbrook’s game and transform him into the turnover machine he has been in the past.
Bayless doesn’t have much evidence to show when he makes these statements but it certainly highlights a fear that many Clippers fans have.
Sloppy play has plagued Westbrook for much of his career but it has been highlighted more often since he came to Los Angeles.
In reality, he has averaged 3.5 turnovers per game, which is actually a bit lower than what he’s done over the last few years.
Westbrook has definitely been tuned in during the playoffs.
He is looking like the sort of player the Clippers wanted when they signed him a few months ago.
But Bayless believes Westbrook is about to derail and the entire team will be relying on Kawhi Leonard alone.NEXT: Kawhi Leonard Equaled An All-Time Clippers Playoff Record