ESPN's Jalen Rose, Avery Johnson OK with Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant argument in Game 2

by Erik Horne Modified: May 22, 2014 at 10:10 am •  Published: May 22, 2014


photo - San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) and Danny Green (4) celebrate as Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) and Kendrick Perkins (5) walks off the court for a time out  during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps
San Antonio's Tim Duncan (21) and Danny Green (4) celebrate as Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) and Kendrick Perkins (5) walks off the court for a time out during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps

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.

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."

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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