OKLAHOMA CITY -- Delonte West struggled to get through 27 minutes of action in Saturday's Game 1, taking his fair share of lumps trying to guard Russell Westbrook and never really getting involved in the offense.
Later that night, he expelled the rest of whatever else had caused his stomach to turn Friday night and Saturday morning -- and then tweeted out a photo to prove it.
"I woke up (Sunday), my headache was pretty much gone," West said. "Now I'm trying to get some fluids down. I’ll be ready to go (today).
His status for Game 1 was uncertain, but despite still not feeling well at game time and unable to hold much down, West suited up and was in the starting lineup. Westbrook then ran circles around him, scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the first quarter with a deadly jumper on his way to a game-high 28 points.
The Mavs will need West at his feistiest to help contain Westbrook, who destroyed Dallas with his mid-range game. West simply could not keep up.
"That was the biggest thing," West said. "It wasn’t so much the nausea, I didn’t have the energy and I couldn’t really get no fluids down so I was kind of battling that, that uphill battle, but like I said, I feel real rested and I’m looking forward to being 100 percent."
During the regular season, Westbrook averaged 22.8 points, 3.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds. The Mavs, though, have been able to keep his shooting percentage to 39.2 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. That didn't happen in Game 1 when Westbrook hit 13-of-23 shots and made one of his two 3-point attempts.
"He poses a lot of havoc for any defense," West said. "He’s able to score the basketball, but it’s a team effort. One guy can't hold a guy like that. Like I said, we’re going to have to collectively do a better job of limiting his easy shots."