Russell Westbrook is unstoppable after Taylor Swift releases a single

When Taylor Swift releases a single, Russell Westbrook goes off. 
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On Tuesday, Russell Westbrook attended a Taylor Swift concert and had a grand old time, but does his affinity for the pop star have an impact on the court?

There has long been a debate over Taylor Swift’s impact on sports. Last fall, MLB.com noted that the San Francisco Giants had won the World Series the last three times she released an album. That seemed to contradict the feeling NHL fans have toward Swift, as she’s brought bad luck to teams a few times. She even distracted Patrick Kane during a game.

That’s why some have said Taylor Swift is bad news for Russell Westbrook.

As it turns out, since they both became stars, Swift and her singles have been good luck charms for Westbrook. Below, we’ve compiled Westbrook’s stats in his first game after Swift drops a new single, starting with the 2011–12 season.

2011–12/Speak Now

Record

Release date

Game date

Opponent

W/L

FG

FGA

FG%

PTS

AST

REB

“Safe & Sound”

12/26/11

12/26/11

at T'Wolves

Win (+4)

10

21

.476

28

6

6

“Long Live”

3/1/12

3/1/12

at Magic

Win (+3)

11

21

.524

29

10

2

“Eyes Open” 

3/27/12

3/27/12

at Blazers

Win (+14)

16

26

.615

32

8

3

“Both of Us”

5/22/12

5/27/12

at Spurs

Loss (-3)

7

21

.333

12

5

5

Season avg. with Swift

 

 

 

3–1

11

22.3

.494

25.3

7.3

4.0

Season avg. overall

 

 

 

47–19

8.8

19.2

.457

23.6

5.5

4.6

2012–13/Red

Record

Release date

Game date

Opponent

W/L

FG

FGA

FG%

PTS

AST

REB

“I Knew You Were Trouble”

11/27/12

11/28/12

vs. Rockets

W (+22)

6

13

.400

14

9

5

“22”

3/12/13

3/13/13

vs. Jazz

W (+23)

6

11

.545

19

9

7

“Highway Don’t Care”

3/25/13

3/27/13

vs. Wizards

W (+23)

5

8

.625

21

4

4

Season avg. with Swift

 

 

 

3–0

5.7

10.7

.531

18.0

7.3

5.3

Season avg. overall

 

 

 

60–22

8.2

18.7

.438

23.2

7.4

5.2

2013–14/Red

Record

Release date

Game date

Opponent

W/L

FG

FGA

FG%

PTS

AST

REB

“The Last Time”

11/4/13

11/6/13

vs. Mavs

W (+14)

10

20

.500

22

4

1

Season avg. with Swift

 

 

 

1–0

10

20

.500

22

4

1

Season avg. overall

 

 

 

34–12

7.5

17.2

.437

21.8

6.9

5.7

Note: Westbrook only played 46 games in 2013-14, missing time due to knee injuries.

2014–15/1989

Record

Release date

Game date

Opponent

W/L

FG

FGA

FG%

PTS

AST

REB

“Blank Space”

11/10/14

11/28/14

vs. Knicks

W (+27)

12

17

.750

32

8

7

“Style”

2/9/15

2/9/15

at Nuggets

W (+10)

8

14

.571

26

9

5

Season avg. with Swift

 

 

 

2–0

10.0

15.5

.645

29.0

8.5

6.0

Season avg. overall

 

 

 

40–27

9.5

22.0

.426

28.1

8.6

7.3

Note: Westbrook suffered an injury on October 30th, three days after the release of Swift’s 1989 

Career totals

 

W/L

FG

FGA

FG%

PTS

AST

REB

Career avg. with Swift

9–1 (+137)

9.1

17.2

.529

23.5

6.2

4.5

Career avg. overall

309–198

7.4

17.2

.432

21.1

7.1

5.2

Westbrook has won nine of 10 games after the release of a new single, and the Thunder have outscored opponents by a total of 137 points. He has seen jumps in his field goal percentage each season, and is scoring two more points per game than his career average.

Rock on, Russ. Let’s hope Taylor Swift drops some more singles this year so you and Kevin Durant have a shot at winning a title before he enters free agency next off-season.

- Kenny Ducey