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OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook ‘good' with fourth-quarter benching

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 20, 2011

/articleid/3569721/1/pictures/1422497">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes past Tyson Chandler (6) of Dallas during game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, May 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes past Tyson Chandler (6) of Dallas during game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, May 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Asked how rewarding it was to have his coach show so much confidence it him at such a crucial time, Maynor shrugged it off. "Coach has confidence in all of us, not just me," Maynor said.

Maynor wound up playing 20 minutes. He finished with 13 points while shooting 5 for 9 from the field, 3 for 3 from the free-throw line and also had zero turnovers.

Westbrook played 28 minutes and had 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and four turnovers and also had several emotional outbursts on the court.

"Just frustrated with myself, the way I played. That's all," Westbrook said.

Asked to rate his performance up until the fourth quarter, Westbrook said, "It was fine. I'm not really worried about what I'm doing."

Several times in his interview session, Westbrook was asked if he had a problem with not being put back into the game.

"I'm just sitting there waiting to get my name called. We was winning, man," Westbrook said. "You all want to ask the same question and I'm going to give you all the same answer – 'We was winning.' "

Perhaps the best news in all this is Thunder All-Star forward and close friend Kevin Durant is now able to keep his house.

After Westbrook shot 3 for 15 during the 121-112 loss in Game 1, Durant said he would "bet his house" Westbrook wouldn't shoot 3 for 15 again.

Westbrook was 7 for 15 in Game 2.

Game 3 will be Saturday at 8 p.m. inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Yes, Westbrook will start.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.


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