OKC Thunder: Q&A with Kevin Arnovitz, NBA writer for ESPN.com

Kevin Arnovitz is an NBA writer for ESPN.com, the editor of TrueHoop Network and a former editor and contributor at National Public Radio.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer Published: May 7, 2013

Q: How do you view the Thunder today compared to when it had Westbrook in the lineup? Has OKC gone from the top seed to an underdog?

“They're not so much an underdog as an unknown quantity, and not just to the rest of the league or to a team like Memphis that's trying to scout them, but I think even to themselves. There's this period where you have to search for an identity. So I don't think it's so much as an underdog as we're all trying to figure out who they are minus Westbrook, because it's just not the same team.”

Q: Your thoughts on Durant's play without Westbrook?

“He might be the most natural scorer we've seen since George Gervin? Alex English? Dominique Wilkins? He (Durant) scores so effortlessly in so many different ways. It's this exhibition every time you get to see him.”

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