Preventing the star guard from producing a prolific stat line at a high altitude presents another challenge.
Silver was in Mexico City on Thursday to be on hand as the Brooklyn Nets play the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The Brooklyn Nets will also take on the Miami Heat Saturday in their second regular-season game in the Mexican capital.
Of course, the venue rarely matters for Westbrook, who has seven triple-doubles this season and 86 in the regular season since entering the league in 2008.
The Rockets have the second-best record in the National Basketball Association this year at 18-4 and the best road record at 10-1. Those numbers are a decrease from last season but more like those of two years ago, when he last played with Kevin Durant.
"(Andre) Roberson's one of the best defenders in the league, Paul George is one of the best defenders in the league.
Not anymore. The 7-foot center had 20 points and nine rebounds to support Russell Westbrook's triple-double, and the Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz 100-94 on Tuesday night.
The Thunder now have won three straight close games after making a habit of losing them.
The NBA is planning to establish a G-League franchise in Mexico City as soon as possible, according to The New York Times' Marc Stein, and it could come as quickly as next season.
"I don't know how serious, or when we'll be able to evaluate", Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. We are sacrificing everything we got. "We just have to stay committed to the little things and keep fighting for each other". "(Oklahoma City) is a real good team and they're a good closing team and they're at home. Made 12 of 21 shots in the fourth quarter. It's about what you do when you get hit in the mouth. "They have a bunch of superstars, so they might have more fans than us there". "When we're patient on offense, Steven's going to get those opportunities". That's the way we played the first half.
Donovan Mitchell led the scoring for Utah with 31 points while Joe Ingles had 16 points.
The Thunder are 11-6 against the Nets in the Oklahoma City era.