The passion exhibited by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant during a second-quarter mini spat is a-OK with Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson of ESPN.
On a Thursday morning conference call, Rose and Johnson talked about the Westbrook-Durant exchange and saw nothing wrong with it.
“On a winning team you can chastise your teammate, and it’s OK because you have the same championship goals,” Rose said. “On a losing team, it becomes an argument.
"At that point, what Russell Westbrook was telling KD was accurate.”
"Wake up" seems to be the consensus of what Westbrook way telling KD in the second quarter Wednesday night. The Thunder guard points to his head and looks at teammate Kevin Durant following Green's 3 that stretched the Spurs' lead from eight to 11 in the second quarter.
The Thunder was headed into a timeout when Westbrook pointed to his temples twice and directed some words at Durant.
Russ and KD getting into it heading to the huddle. Russ mad, I think, about KD on the defensive end. KD not having it. Heated.— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) May 22, 2014
Johnson, who won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs as a player in 1999, said he didn't have a problem with KD and Westbrook getting heated mid-game.
"I didn’t like it, I loved it," Johnson said. "I think we need more of that."