While interviewing Kevin Durant
before Tuesday’s game, a Los Angeles-area reporter mentioned Durant’s and Russell Westbrook
’s names after two of the greatest duos not only in Lakers history, but in all of NBA history. Durant politely listened to the list. Shaquille O’Neal
and Kobe Bryant
. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
and Magic Johnson
. The reporter then sought Durant’s opinion on whether the Thunder’s duo is headed for the same status.
"Nah, don’t put us up there with those guys,” Durant said. "We’re doing alright. We’re doing OK, but those guys are legends, champions. So you can’t put us up there with them. It’s cool for you to say that, but at the same time we’re nowhere near that level as far as duos are concerned. Quite frankly, we don’t really consider ourselves as a duo. It’s a whole team. But for you to say that is pretty cool.”
Looking ahead to a potential Game 7
Tuesday’s 24-point loss at L.A. could have ruined any remaining hope the Thunder had to win this series, since OKC must now win Friday in Game 6 and take the potential closeout game on the Lakers’ court.
But immediately following the game, Thunder players maintained a positive outlook and chose to remember the two encouraging road losses in Games 1 and 2 rather than the most recent blowout.
"It’s a long series, first one to win four,” said Thabo Sefolosha
. "It’s a tough loss. But we’ve had five games against them now and we were in the game for four of them. So I think it’s one bad game and we’re going to bounce back.”
Learning valuable lessons
No matter what happens from here in what’s become a thrilling playoff debut for the Thunder, players say they understand that today’s lessons will make them better tomorrow.