Ballin: 27 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a single, measly turnover for Russell Westbrook. He also only took 15 shots, one less than Kevin Durant, which is good from a PR standpoint. As we all know, if he’d taken more shots than KD, he’s poisonous for the Thunder, their locker room and their championship hopes.
Not so much: At no point in the second half were the Lakers closer than 17 points behind the Thunder. Going a bit further, from the 10:42 mark of the third quarter on, the Thunder led by at least 22 points. Other than that, pretty close game that was definitely worth staying up for.
Set it and forget it: It’s not every day you see a playoff team lose a game because of a moving screen.
Despite what the “Inside the NBA” staff might tell you, this was absolutely the right call. You can say that you should “let the players decide the game” all you want, but the leaning out and holding Andre Iguodala part of that pick is even more egregious than your standard Kevin Garnett moving screen. If KG doesn’t do that, the refs definitely let him get away with all the stuff before it.
Threes fest: This was an amazing sequence, like something out of a bad basketball movie.
And this: The fact that that sequence was followed by this play was pretty chill.
If I were naming this shot, I’d probably call it “the floopty floop.” Your suggestions?
Consult needed: Jordan Hill keeps switching up his braids/headband combinations and it’s really throwing me off. It’s like he can’t decide if he wants to be Trail Blazers Brian Grant or Miami Heat Brian Grant. Just pick a look, man.
For instance: If he were to pick a look, he could be just as cool as Russell Westbrook, whose postgame interview outfit went viral instantly.
If you want Russell Westbrook’s chill time summer shirt, you can buy it right here. If you want his glasses, just get invited to a local high school prom, get a pair of the cheap shades they give away, then pop out the lenses. Voila, you’re Russell Westbrook.
Smart: Relax, Devin Ebanks. There’s no reason to be popping your shirt off after getting ejected. You only played four minutes. You’re not even sweaty. Cool it.
Other things: For some reason, every video of Mike Brown’s post game press conference edits out him burping. I need to hear that burp … The Thunder shot so well last night (53 percent), that even their mascot made an over-the-head half-courter last night … Just so you know, JaVale McGee bought some baby platypuses … Haha, Metta World Piece of Crap … Kendrick Perkins reaggravated his groin injury and is now considered day-to-day