Westbrook did not have a good performance in Game 1 while dominated Game 2 for three quarters before missing 14 shots in the final period.
Per ESPN, "Let's be honest," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Thursday after his team practiced in Oklahoma City. "When Russell has been off the floor for us, there's been a differential."
"I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games and different things that he's done," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions.
"Sometimes, when the ball goes in the basket, people have a tendency to say, 'Wow! This was just an unbelievable performance!' And 'Is he the best closer in the game?' And then when they don't go in, it's gonna be, 'Did he take too many shots?'