“If you’re uneducated and look at those numbers you'll say, ‘well, that was great’, but when you actually peel back the box score you want to cry.”
Missing his patented triple-double by just 3 assists would normally lead you to believe that Russell Westbrook had another type of MVP performance that should make him the favorite to win the award, but it was actually quite the opposite for the groundbreaking point guard in Oklahoma City's humiliating blowout playoff loss to Houston.
After shooting 6 of 23 with 9 turnovers and a -25 plus/minus, Ben Maller thinks Westbrook is back to his usual ways as a freight train ready to jump off the rails.
“Russell Westbrook played undisciplined basketball," Maller said. “He took bad shots, he forced passes – he plays like he’s out of control a good percentage of the time.”
Maller then compared him to future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, who is sometimes synonymous with gaudy personal numbers at the expense of his teammates.
“Russell Westbrook had a vintage Allen Iverson-like performance, He shot 26% from the floor,” he said. “He took 23 shots and made 6 of them. That’s an emasculating shooting percentage.”
When the moon comes out, Ben Maller emerges with the most compelling overnights in sports talk radio. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening, while taking calls from listeners nationwide.
About The Host
Ben Maller is host of FOX Sports Radio's Ben Maller Show. Launched nationally in January 2014, the overnight program broadcasts weekdays from 2 - 6 a.m. ET/11 p.m. - 3 a.m. PT, live from the network's studios in Los Angeles, Calif. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token trademark sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening.
Nicknamed "Big Ben," Maller joined FOX Sports Radio a month after the network's debut in 2000, and served as an update anchor and weekend talk show host for the network until the launch of his overnight show in 2014.
Prior to FOX Sports Radio, Maller worked at KXTA "XTRA Sports 1150" in Los Angeles, Calif., where he hosted the popular midday program Ben & Dave Show, in addition to anchoring the post-game "Dodger Talk" with former longtime voice of the Dodgers, Ross Porter.
Maller has served as an International Correspondent for New Zealand's Premier Sports Station, "Radio Sport," since 2009, and previously worked as a television sports pundit at NBC Sports Network in Stamford, Conn., in addition to guest-hosting a number of local sports radio shows in Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo. and Anaheim, Calif. He began his career as a radio reporter for "XTRA Sports 690," the 77,000-watt all-Sports blowtorch signal in San Diego, Calif. (XETRA).
Aside from his radio and television assignments, Maller enjoyed a successful career as a provocative sports blogger, launching sports news and gossip website BenMaller.com before writing nationally for FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports (Postgame.com).
Outside of work, Maller has inspired many with his ongoing, successful battle against obesity, losing more than 200 pounds naturally by changing his diet and fitness routine.