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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Gregg Popovich with kind words for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

“As far as Russell and Kevin are concerned, they’re class acts,” Popovich said. “I mean, they know how to lose and they know how to win. I say that in a complimentary way. A lot of people lose and can’t handle it, but they were class acts.”
by Anthony Slater Published: June 1, 2014

Durant shot 81 percent from the line in this postseason.

Fisher’s final game?

If this was the final game of Derek Fisher’s career — as he has maintained throughout the season that this would be his last — the 17-year veteran went down battling.

Playing a season-high 33 minutes — including the final 22 — Fisher had five points, six rebounds and a steal.

In the coming days, Fisher’s future endeavors will likely take shape, with his name being floated around as a possible coaching candidate for the vacant Knicks and Lakers jobs.

Popovich most anxious moment

With no desire to ‘talk O’s and X’s’ before Saturday night’s Game 6, Gregg Popovich was willing to open up a little about the life of an NBA coach.

After admitting that he enjoyed watching other playoff games rather than his own — because of the pressures of his job — Popovich was asked when he is most nervous on gamedays.

“It's awful sitting in your hotel room all afternoon, I can tell you that,” Popovich answered. “That's the worst part of my job is sitting in a hotel waiting for a game. It can be regular season or playoffs. It doesn't matter. It just seems like wasted time in life. That's as honest as I can be, I guess.”

Stat of the night

In 19 postseason games, Westbrook averaged 27.7 points, 8.0 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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