OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook blames himself for third-quarter lapse

The Thunder played 36 great minutes on Saturday, outscoring the Grizzlies by a combined 32 points in the first, second and fourth quarters. But coming out of halftime, OKC was about as lethargic as we’ve seen them.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 20, 2014


In advance of this season's playoffs, Kevin Durant and Westbrook sat down for ESPN's weekly Sunday Conversation to discuss their often-dissected relationship.

And in the interview, ESPN's Mike Tirico took a different, interesting approach, asking each of the superstars to go back and forth, using one word to describe the other.

Durant's words for Westbrook: Energetic, erratic, destroyer, goofy, emotional, athletic, hard-worker.

Westbrook's words for Durant: Unselfish, cool, killer, intimidating, slow-motion, lanky, dedication.

Durant also called it “ludicrous” that people determine their relationship off of the amount of field goal attempts each gets, saying the two are very close off the court.

“We have that brother relationship, we hang out off the court, do what normal people do,” Durant said. “We call, we text and when we have a problem, we speak out about it.”


Grizzlies starting small forward Tayshaun Prince was limited to four minutes on Saturday, leaving the game with an unspecified illness.

But according to Memphis coach Dave Joerger, Prince practiced on Sunday and will start on Monday.


In honor of the 19th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Thunder observed a moment of silence before Saturday’s playoff opener.

A day later, Brooks and Westbrook reflected on what it meant.

“It’s definitely a special moment,” Brooks said. “Before the game, being able to remember all the victims and families. The thing that I know, being here now and going through the Moore tornadoes, is the resolve and resiliency of the city. People are always behind one another.”

Westbrook said: “It’s a special moment, man. I can remember the first time I went to the Memorial and just checked it out, it’s crazy man. Nineteenth anniversary, just happy to be playing on that day.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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