OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant says Thunder misses Russell Westbrook

Durant knew full well what he had in sidekick Westbrook. Still, that hasn't stopped Westbrook's absence from making Durant's heart grow fonder for his All-Star point guard.
by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm •  Published: May 13, 2013
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COLLISON NOT CONCERNED ABOUT FOUL TROUBLE

In the first three games against the Grizzlies, forward Nick Collison was whistled for 15 total fouls. He fouled out in 15 minutes in Game 2 and picked up five in 14 minutes in Game 3.

It's a trend that played a role in limiting Collison's minutes going into Game 4 on Monday night.

“I'm not too concerned with the fouls,” Collison said. “I want to try to avoid bad fouls. I think certain times when you're trying to make a play the officials will call fouls. So I guess the biggest thing is try to avoid the ones going for a loose ball and things that aren't really helping the team out. I'd love to not be in foul trouble, of course. But I'm not going to change too much on how I'm playing.”

GRIZZLIES COACH CALLS IT QUITS

Grizzlies assistant coach Barry Hecker left the team during the Western Conference semifinal against the Thunder for what Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said is a “personal matter.”

Hollins said after the team's shootaround Monday morning that Hecker's departure is “nothing that's public consumption.”

Hecker was with the Grizzlies for their Game 2 win in Oklahoma City but was not with the team in Memphis for their Game 3 win Saturday night. Team officials said only that Hecker is no longer with the Grizzlies.

Hecker had been on Hollins' staff in Memphis the past five seasons.

HOLLINS GIGS RANDOLPH

Hollins told star forward Zach Randolph, who is not known for his defense, that Randolph had made honorable mention on the NBA's all-defense team.

“I did?” Randolph enthusiastically responded, according to Hollins.

No, the coach said, “I'm just kidding.”

But three Grizzlies did make the squad. Tony Allen was first team; Marc Gasol and Mike Conley were second team.

“It says we're a good defensive team,” Hollins said.

Ironically, Gasol was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, an award voted on by media. Coaches vote for the all-defense team.

“I guess coaches see something different,” Hollins said.

POSSIBLE START TIMES FOR GAME 6 ANNOUNCED

Game 6 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series has been scheduled to be played either at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., the league announced Monday.

If the Chicago-Miami series extends to six games, the Thunder would play Game 6 at 6 p.m. on ESPN. If the Chicago-Miami series does not extend to six games, the Thunder would play Game 6 at 7 p.m.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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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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