How Russell Westbrook and Mike Conley are Impacting the West – The Athletic

Wild West.

Yes, that cliche is as old as time (also a cliche). But it is true. The NBA’s Western Conference, which was once dominated by Golden State not so long ago, has become a place of so much parity that it is warranted to watch at the start of this regular season. Case in point: Memphis won extra time on Thursday night over the aforementioned game Warrior at the Chase Center.

Ja Morant, young Grizzlies the star entered the game as the league’s top scorer, having exited the game for that title with one and only Stephen the curry (30.4 points per game) after scoring 30 points (Curry’s is 36). This is the same Grizzlies team that made it difficult for the Warriors in the Qualifier Tournament last season to qualify for the knockout stages.

However, with the Warriors being seen by many as a playoff game that could even contend for the title if Klay Thompson Returning to All-Star form later this season, Memphis seems lost in the conversation about teams that need to get serious. There is no better proof of the depth of the conference than that dichotomy.

There will be plenty of time to break down the many layers of this discussion in the coming months, but the micro-focus for today’s column is on two specific point defenders having an impact on the Western landscape right now. : Russell Westbrook is hurting

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John Verrall

John Verrall is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@24ssports.com.

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