TAG: Russell Westbrook

GIFs, NBA / May 28, 2014 / 12:39 am

Video: Russell Westbrook Jams On Cory Joseph, Then Stares Him Down

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook came to play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and man, it was fun to watch. One of many Russ plays that stood out occurred late in the third quarter. While the Spurs’ defense shifted focus to the moving Kevin Durant, a lane cleared up for Westbrook to cut backdoor on Corey Joseph. Read More »

Smack / May 22, 2014 / 12:45 am

Russell Westbrook Wants Kevin Durant To “Wake Up”

Russell Westbrook

In the first half, during San Antonio’s first — of many — runs on the visiting Thunder, Russell Westbrook tried to get 2014 MVP Kevin Durant into the game. A lethargic-looking KD couldn’t get on track and neither could the Thunder while getting crushed 112-77. Read More »

NBA / May 20, 2014 / 10:15 am

Spurs Dominate Ibaka-Less Paint, Take Game 1 From OKC

Tim Duncan, Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins

The Spurs may have deluded us into believing they were preparing for Serge Ibaka to rip off his warmups before Game 1 in San Antonio Monday night, but they didn’t play like he was in the game. San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint on their way to a dominating 122-105 Game 1 win over Oklahoma City. Read More »

NBA / May 16, 2014 / 12:45 pm

3 One-On-One Matchups To Watch In Eastern & Western Conference Finals

Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook

After two rounds of stellar basketball in the 2014 Playoffs, which featured the best first round in NBA Playoff history, the conference finals are set to kickoff on Sunday. Even with the unpredictable nature that consumed the playoffs to this point, the teams that made it to the Final Four–NBA style–are not too surprising for the fans. Read More »

NBA / May 15, 2014 / 11:21 pm

Kevin Durant Believes He’s Bad Luck

Kevin Durant

When Russell Westbrook took three soon-to-be game-clinching free throws with under 10 seconds to play in Game 5 against the Clippers, Kevin Durant was on the other end of the floor, unable to watch. After KD spoke with the Oklahoman today, now we know why. Read More »

NBA, Twitter / May 14, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Kevin Durant Avoids Infamy & Becomes A Twitter Meme

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

Throughout Game 5 between the Thunder and Clippers we were preparing for the inevitable Wednesday columns excoriating Kevin Durant‘s 2014 NBA MVP tally and demanding a recall. KD started the most important game of the season shooting 3-for-17 from the field in the first 45 minutes, and no matter what he did, he couldn’t find the bottom of the nylon. Then KD scored 10 of his 27 in the last three minutes, the talking heads turned to crucifying Chris Paul and KD’s sit-down during Russell Westbrook‘s go-ahead free throw’s became a Twitter meme. Take a breath. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 14, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The 10 Best Closers From This Season’s NBA Playoffs

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. There are no weak teams left but rather just the mighty squads that are all capable of winning at this level in this kind of environment. Because of the level of talent from team to team, games–especially those that mean so much–come down to the wire and it is up to the “closer” to bring his ninth inning heat and finish out the contest. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 14, 2014 / 11:25 am

Rewatch The Final 1:08 Of OKC’s Incredible Game 5 Comeback

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook (Alonzo Adams/USA TODAY Sports)

Hopefully no one turned off the OKC/Clippers game last night. I nearly did. Sent a text to my boys saying the series was over. Had my hand on the remote. Channel guide up. But for some reason, I didn’t act. Thank the basketball gods for that one. If you did miss the finish, here’s your chance to see the final 68 seconds of game time. Up seven with under 50 seconds to play, the Clippers somehow chocked it all away. Read More »

NBA, Smack / May 12, 2014 / 11:00 am

Magic Johnson Gives Russell Westbrook The Ultimate Compliment

Russell Westbrook

With the Western Conference Semifinal between Oklahoma City and the Clippers now tied 2-2 after the Thunder’s shocking collapse yesterday, there are a few numbers that stick out. Fifteen… as in the lead the visiting Thunder gave up in the final half of the final quarter. Eighteen… as in the 18 points scored off the bench by Darren Collison in Game 4, including the game’s final four. 45-43… as in the game’s rebounding totals, the first time all postseason that OKC has been outrebounded. Or how about six? That’s the number of turnovers Chris Paul has had in this series. Six! And CP3 has 47 assists. Read More »

NBA / May 9, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 5 Biggest Storylines Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant, Jamal Crawford

Playoff basketball is structured to ignite the best basketball out of every player and every team fortunate enough to get invited to the big dance. With the game being played out on the biggest stage for the masses, individual storylines receive a substantial amount of attention and analysis. Read More »