“I think talentwise and all of that, but it’s our first year playing together,” he said. “I understood that coming in. I thought we had a high ceiling to win it, high expectations to win it, but I think you got to really figure out the in-between stuff when you assimilate a team, and that can take some time to unravel how to become a championship team.”

After playing terrifically in the first five games of the series, George finished with more turnovers than points in Game 6, with five points on 2-of-16 shooting, while Westbrook attempted 43 shots, including 19 3-pointers.

“He’s unbelievable, amazing,” George said of Westbrook. “Just a stand-up guy. It’s no cliché, but people say he’s an unbelievable basketball player, and he’s an amazing person. That’s true, how you can describe Russ as a friend, as a brother. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve had, by far. Just learned a lot watching him from afar and being around him closely. He’s an unbelievable person.”