Thunder's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook stick together

While TNT reported a heated exchange between the two stars, coach Scott Brooks said, ‘It was all about trying to do the right thing.'
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 26, 2011

On his part, Durant said he was simply stressing the importance of sticking together, especially on the road.

“There's 15 guys, plus the coaches, that have to stay together,” Durant said. “One or two guys can't stray away from the group because you're upset. We all have to stay together. That's all I was stressing, and that's what Russell was stressing.”

Durant remained supportive of Westbrook on Tuesday despite his point guard's poor decision-making in the 104-101 loss. Many national analysts pinned the loss on Westbrook, who scored 30 points on 30 shot attempts while seemingly refusing to share the ball or even look in anyone else's direction.

Durant, who had just 18 shots, didn't.

“It's not on him,” Durant said. “It's a team effort. When we win it's not just because of Russell. So when we lose, it's not just because of him. It's a team effort. That's why we lost.”

Durant said Westbrook was in good spirits Tuesday, showing up at the team's training facility ready to work and move on from Monday's misery.

“It looks like he didn't really worry about it, and that's what we need,” Durant said.

But Westbrook, Durant said, needs to learn from his mistakes Monday and get better in the aftermath.

“That's one thing he really has to work on,” Durant said. “He wants to do so well all the time. He's so hard on himself. He's his biggest critic. He might miss a shot or get a turnover, and sometimes he lets that affect him a little bit. But he's getting past it. He's been working on that. And as teammates, we got to do a great job of helping him out and encouraging him. That's all we've been trying to do.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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