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Max Kellerman explains how Russell Westbrook can elevate his game in playoffs

Friday on First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman talk about their expectations for Russell Westbrook in the playoffs, and Stephen A. explains why Westbrook needs to be careful. Also, Max weighs in on why Westbrook is one of his favorite players, and how he can play better come playoff time.

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The Astros have now lost five straight games and the starting pitching and bullpen have let them down over that stretch. Cristian Javier was recently demoted to help him build up his stamina so that he can pitch deeper in games as the team's 5th starter when the schedule demands a 5-man starting rotation. But in the meantime, the Astros could desperately use his help out of the bullpen, and he's likely headed for relief duty when Framber Valdez returns from injury anyway. So this begs the question, is a role as the team's fifth starter the best way to maximize Javier's abilities? Check out the video to find out.

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