Few rotation players have struggled more with their game this season than the Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson. The 2017 first-round pick opened the season in a 1 of 14 slump from 3-point range. Overall, he’s shooting 34.5 percent from the floor with a league-worst .9 PER for players with over 100 minutes.
It’s been a rough go, and the struggles were obviously weighing on Ferguson. Russell Westbrook took notice and gave him a call in the early morning hours following a loss this season.
Upon hearing that Ferguson was on the way to the gym, Westbrook stopped what he was doing to meet up with his teammate.
It was midnight, Terrance Ferguson was on his way to the gym after a tough loss, and he got a call from Russell Westbrook.
“Where you at?” Westbrook asked.
Ferguson told him, and Westbrook responded, “OK, I’ll be there in 20.”
The late-night gym session with Westbrook eventually paid dividends when Ferguson went 3 of 5 from 3-point range on Friday.
We heard about how Westbrook, the teammate, helped sway Paul George into staying with Oklahoma City, but the same approach evidently goes to all of his teammates. Ferguson was almost surprised that Westbrook took such a genuine interest in helping him, particularly at that hour.
“He could have went out to dinner,” Ferguson said, “he could have went home after a bad game, he could have done anything. But it was like, ‘I’m going to meet you at the gym, we’re going to talk, we’re going to get through this together.’ … That means a lot.”
After starting the season at 0-4, the Thunder have bounced back with four straight wins.
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