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.”
STEVEN ADAMS DOMINATES IN EXTENDED MINUTES
For the first time since Game 1, Brooks gave Steven Adams extended minutes.
And the rookie responded, blocking five shots in his 20 minutes. He now has 10 blocks in 41 minutes this series.
“Those two guys,” Brooks said, lumping in Kendrick Perkins, “their presence down low was a major, major reason why we won this game.”
Perkins finished with six points and seven rebounds, continuing his strong series.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Thunder has 51 blocks in this series. The Grizzlies have 16.
ANDRE ROBERSON’S HOME BURGLARIZED
During Game 3 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series in Memphis, rookie guard Andre Roberson had his house burglarized back in Oklahoma City, according to TMZ.
Roberson had an official Oklahoma City Thunder backpack and an Xbox stolen by the burglar, according to police documents obtained by the website.
Game 7 is on Saturday in Oklahoma City. If the Clippers closed out their series with the Warriors late Thursday night, then Thunder-Grizzlies will tip at 8:30 p.m. If the Warriors-Clippers Game 7 is needed, the Thunder-Grizzlies Game 7 will tip at 7.
“We have a great building,” Brooks said of having Game 7 in OKC. “Everybody knows that. Everybody comes into our city knowing that we have the best building in the league. Does it mean anything? It means that it’s going to be loud and crazy in there, but we still gotta play with the same type of fearless approach on the defensive end that creates offensive opportunities for us.”