Reaction came far and wide on Thursday morning, from both local and national media and fans in response to The Oklahoman’s controversial ‘Mr. Unreliable’ headline in reference to Kevin Durant.
But it also came within the Thunder organization, as Russell Westbrook, coach Scott Brooks and general manager Sam Presti all stuck up for their superstar forward.
“That’s BS in my eyes,” Westbrook said. “The guy’s been great since he’s been in the league. He’s gotten better every season. One week ago you guys called him MVP. Now the next week you call him unreliable. So that don’t make sense to me.”
Brooks said: “There’s a lot of things you can say about him. That wouldn’t be one of them. He’s as reliable as I’ve ever been around any athlete.”
Presti said: “What I witnessed from Kevin Durant on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma, a year ago is the absolute definition of reliability.”
Even Durant’s family got involved, with his mother and brother tweeting about the headline.
But Durant just took it in stride, brushing it off as just another opinion.
“It’s all good,” Durant said. “I don’t really care. Coming from my paper back at home, that’s what they’re supposed to write. I didn’t come through for the team.”
MIKE CONLEY LEAVES WITH HAMSTRING INJURY
The Grizzlies might have lost more than a game Thursday night.
Late in the third quarter during a loose ball scramble, Memphis point guard Mike Conley went down with a right hamstring strain.
He limped off and didn’t return. His status for Game 7 is unclear.
“We’re hoping that the can go,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said of Conley. “He’ll give it as much as he can. We’ll find out after tonight and a day of therapy. If he can’t go, then Beno (Udrih)’s gonna play a lot of minutes.”