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Thunder-Clippers: Russell Westbrook brushes off criticism for leaving the huddle

THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Charles Barkley criticized Russell Westbrook for leaving the Thunder huddle during a timeout. Said Westbrook, “A lot of things I do seem worse than it is.”
by Anthony Slater Published: May 6, 2014

Michael Jordan’s 69-point game against the Cavaliers in 1990? Jordan had 50 possessions for his 69 points.

Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Raptors in 2006? Kobe had 59 possessions for his 81 points.

David Robinson’s 71-point game in 1994? The Admiral had 61 possessions for his 71 points.

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962? Wilt had at least 79 possessions (turnovers weren’t kept as an official stat back then).

Closer to home, Dirk Nowitzki’s 48-point game against the Thunder in Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals? Dirk made 12 of 15 shots and all 24 of his foul shots. He had 29 possessions for his 48 points.

None of those epic games approach 2.0 points per possession. Chris Paul was something extra special in Game 1.

Durant on cover of NBA2K15

It's safe to say it was a pretty good day for Kevin Durant on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder forward not only won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award, but also scored the cover of hit video game NBA2K15.

"2 life goals in the same day! So grateful.," Durant posted to his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon with a photo of himself at the MVP ceremony, as well as a photo of himself on the video game cover.

NBA2K15 will reportedly be released Oct. 7.

Fallin proclaims May 6

‘Kevin Durant Day’

Governor Mary Fallin proclaimed May 6 “Kevin Durant Day” in Oklahoma.

Fallin took to Twitter for the announcement shortly before the press conference to unveil Durant as the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player.

“For KD's service to the state & his actions both on & off the court, today will now be Kevin Durant Day in Oklahoma!,” Fallin’s Twitter account posted.

By Anthony Slater, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne

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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