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Thunder’s Durant, Westbrook had heated exchange during Game 4

Apr 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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You don’t want to read too much into this — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen argued, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale yelled at each other on occasion, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant had… okay, the last one is a bad example.

But according to TNT’s Pam Oliver, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had a heated exchange during Oklahoma City’s Game 4 loss Monday.

It probably had something to do with Westbrook being a ball hog for the night — Westbrook had 30 points but took 30 shots to get there, putting up a Kobe-the-gunner line. Durant had 31 points, took just 18 shots, but wanted more. Westbrook has that in him, you see flashes during the season when he decided he wanted to take over but he is not efficient doing it. And he has Durant on the team, feed that guy the ball.

That doesn’t mean the fight matters. Guys argue then forget about it and move on all the time. Part of the game, as both coach Scott Brooks and Durant told the Oklahoman.

“It was all about trying to do the right thing,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We got to get a stop. That’s what it was about. We got to stop the ball. Their point guards are getting inside the paint. The bigs and the guards have got to do a better job of stopping the basketball. That’s what the conversation was about.

“It’s funny because it’s in the playoffs on national TV, but it happens a lot. It doesn’t happen every timeout every game. But guys are emotional. Guys care about what we do and they express that and I like that. I do the same thing….”

“We’ve been doing that all season,” Durant said. “That’s a part of a basketball team. You’re not going to always be happy all the time. … Sometimes you have to scream at guys for them to get the point. That’s what we were doing.”

It doesn’t matter. Now, if they go at it again in a Game 5 loss at home Wednesday we can talk. But I don’t think we have to worry about that.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    I might not be a problem in this series, but I think it will be a problem down the road and here is why: in the midst of the game Westbrook and Durant had their argument or whatever and Westbrook still went out there thinking he was Iverson, jacking up bad shots left and right….he might just have a bit too much ego.

  2. bigtrav425 - Apr 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    i hate women on the sidelines or doing sports in general and since when does Pam do B-ball??? or anything other then football

    • pellypell - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      Willing to bet Pam O knows more about basketball and sports in general than you do. She’s been a sports anchor in one form on another since 1991 and she’s been with TNT since the 2005 Playoffs doing sideline coverage. I wouldn’t expect you know this, as you would have to actually watch basketball once in awhile.

    • oumoonunit - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      There are at least some decent women who played in WNBA or college. Get people who played sports instead of sidelines entertainment reporters.

  3. annemaxon - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Posting this Tweet from: KingJames LeBron James
    This is hilarious, the interviewer’s face is priceless shout out to @takeasheet.

  4. oumoonunit - Apr 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Westbrook absolutely took too many shots, but someone needed to take over. Ibaka and the other role players were not knocking down the shots they usually make in that game. We were close at the end, and westbrook only really took one bad shot in the last 5 minutes.

    The argument was about defense, not offense.

    Westbrook was complaining about a call in the last 2 minutes and didn’t get down the court to defend – Gallanari 3 after the PG penetrated the paint. That was inexcusable.

  5. valman61 - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Westbrook is a pg. No pg should ever be looking to take 60 shots, especially not one who has one of the best players in the league on his team and is being regarded as a top level pg in the league. His handling of the last two possessions reminded me of Douglas against celtics in game one. He ran out of control and put up a bad shot (Douglas passed to melo for a bad shot). Elite PG run plays to set up their team with the best shot possible. Westbrook failed to do that and that’s unacceptable for a top tier player.

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