The NBA Christmas game with the least amount of intrigue is the 8:00 PM ET contest between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves. There are reasons to watch the game, though, with the chief reason being the most exciting individual player in Basketball right now taking the court in Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook.

A Russ-diculous season

Christmas won't be the first glimpse basketball fans have of Westbrook this season - it won't even be the first time the Timberwolves have seen him this year. But for those who need a reintroduction to what Westbrook has been doing for the Thunder since they lost Kevin Durant this summer, look no further.

Westbrook leads the NBA in scoring with 31.3 points per game - he's the only player averaging more than 30 points a game. He's second in the NBA in assists with 10.8 assists per game, one of only two players averaging double-digits in the category. He's averaging 10.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 more than the next-closest guard. He's averaging a triple-double later in the season than any player since Oscar Robertson. He's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving for the Thunder, who would be lost without him; the Timberwolves can't hope to stop him, just slow him down.

Young, stunted growth

Under coach Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves were expected to jump into the playoff race this season, perhaps even surpass the Thunder if they were to decline without Durant.

Instead, Christmas will serve as a barometer for how far this team has to go; Minnesota is 9-19, near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Karl-Anthony Towns has continued his development into one of the best big men in the league, but the rest of the pieces on the Timberwolves roster seem to have fits and spurts when it comes to performing.

On Monday, Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine became just the second trio of player 22 and under to score 20 points apiece in seven different games, a feat matched by none other than the Thunder. Still, Thibodeau needs to light a fire under his squad on Christmas - they aren't playing up to their talent level and aren't playing cohesively.

Christmas prediction: Thunder 109, Timberwolves 97

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