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By John Rohde Published: May 16, 2013

“That's the image you guys give out to young players who want to come play in the league. They just think about scoring, think about the points. I think sometimes it's you guys' fault. I'm sorry to say that but I think sometimes it's you guys' fault, yes, because now you say I had a ‘bad game.' But if you see the job I was doing on Zach, you didn't talk about it, right? You just focus on scoring. I had a bad percentage shooting the ball, and you guys take this (playing good defense) out.”

Ibaka makes a good point, so to speak.


Two caps Durant recently wore were conversation pieces.

At the team's shootaround session prior to Game 4 at FedExForum in Memphis, he wore the cap of the Seattle SuperSonics, for whom he played his rookie season prior to the franchise relocating to OKC in 2008.

During Thursday's exit interview with media, roughly 12 hours after bring eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant wore the cap of the ABA Memphis Sounds.

The Sounds were in existence only one season (1974-75) and finished with a 27-57 record. Prior to that, they were known as the Memphis Tams (1972-74), Memphis Pros (1970-72) and the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967-70).


An exact time frame for Westbrook's return from April 27 surgery that repaired a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee remains uncertain.

Westbrook said he has talked with close friend and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who missed the entire 2012-13 season after having knee surgery.

“Yeah, I talked to him maybe two weeks ago, after I got hurt, a couple days after everything died down,” Westbrook said.

Did Rose share an insight?

“No, just take my time,” Westbrook said. “Take my time. Just listen to my body, take my time and make sure I get back 100 percent.”

Westbrook hadn't missed an NBA game in his career (439 including the postseason) before this injury.

Does he actually listen to his body?

“I do sometimes,” Westbrook said with a smile. “I can't help but listen to it now. Before, I didn't, but I listen to it now.”


Gasol on Durant and the Thunder: “Great player. Amazing player. Amazing team. I loved the way they battled. I loved the way they stayed with it. They fought. They never gave up and all of that. And that's something I really like about them.”