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Darnell Mayberry: Thunder's Russell Westbrook must stop going into 'hero mode'

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 14, 2011 at 11:36 am •  Published: March 14, 2011
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The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On Russell Westbrook going into "hero mode" against Cleveland:

I wasn't impressed with how he scored in the third quarter yesterday. Everybody else seemed to be. But to me, it was classic hero mode. He was just putting his head down and looking for his own offense without considering his teammates. The reason no one can have a problem with it is because he was incredibly successful. Had he been called for a charge or two, or missed some shots it would have been ugly. But he didn't, so it's all good. The bottom line is I agree with you. When Westbrook is getting everybody involved, spreading the ball around and other players are cutting for easy baskets, the offense is much, much better than it is when one player tries to carry the load.

On Kendrick Perkins' impact on the Thunder even without playing:

It's given [Nazr] Mohammed a chance to get some rhythm and timing down with his new teammates. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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