Oklahoma in Dilemma – Kevin Durant becomes the nemesis of Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunders star Kevin Durant has somehow become a nemesis for his teammate Russell Westbrook. Media is largely responsible for the comparisons that have led to this Oklahoma-dilemma, especially NBA analyst and Los Angeles Lakers legendary point guard Magic Johnson.
After Oklahoma City Thunders lost Game 2 to Miami Heat, media came up with a barrage of criticism and comparisons between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant, who has been in stunning form this season, is presently averaging 34 points and 57.1% on shooting from the first two games of the NBA finals.
Russell Westbrook was in fine form during Game 2. The point guard played responsibly to score 27 points and was 10-of-26 on shooting. Kevin Durant scored 32 points and was 12-of-22 on shooting. In spite of the marginal difference it was Kevin Durant who won all the praise from the media.
Kevin Durant knows he has to pump Russell Westbrook with confidence before Game 3 of the NBA finals. Therefore, before Saturday afternoon’s practice session at AmericanAirlines Arena, Kevin Durant came out and defended Russell Westbrook against his critics. Kevin Durant was joined by Oklahoma City Thunders coach Scott Brooks.
Scott Brooks stated that analyst had failed to grasp how important Russell Westbrook had been for the Oklahoma City Thunders. Scott Brooks, who has played as a point guard in NBA for 14 years, also explained that Russell Westbrook was filling in as a hybrid point guard. This means Russell Westbrook has a different set of responsibilities.
Scott Brooks also labelled Russell Westbrook as one of the best defensive players of the season. Kevin Durant agrees with Scott Brooks’ analysis. Kevin Durant added that Russell Westbrook has a unique set of skills which have played a big role in helping Oklahoma City Thunders reach the NBA finals.
“It's not deserving at all, because without him we wouldn't be here at this point, and people don't recognize that,” Kevin Durant said. “Everybody thinks he should be a traditional point guard like a (John) Stockton or (Thunder assistant) Mo Cheeks.
“There's a lot of people that can't be like Russ, either. We need him to play the way he plays. Of course, he's going to make mistakes, and we're all going to make mistakes.
“You guys don't see how hard he works and how much he wants it. That's what I love about him. He doesn't care what people say, he's going to play his game and we need him to play his game, and we'll go from there.”