Russell Westbrook just can't sit still.
Before a nationally televised game in Chicago on Thursday night, he explodes out of the Oklahoma City locker room and hops down the hallway in a blur, on his way to warm up in a tunnel off the court at the United Center. Before the game, the horn sounds and the teams line up for the national anthem. Westbrook sways his head as John Vincent bellows out the "Star Spangled Banner," and points up to the sky every few verses as his teammates stand still.
Finally, the game begins, and Westbrook is immediately at the center of everything, driving the lane and getting Serge Ibaka involved with the pick-and-pop. You get the feeling that Westbrook would serve beer to fans during timeouts if Scott Brooks would let him.
This is the first time that we've seen Westbrook unleashed without Kevin Durant beside him for an extended period, and he's showing what we suspected all along: He can do anything.
At the same time, the lingering question regarding Westbrook's dominance remains: Maybe he can do everything, but should he?