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Somebody explain to me how a 7 foot wing player is out rebounded by his 6 foot point guard in the most important game in the finals . How can a 7 footer who loves to shoot the long ball and is hail as the best player in the NBA only get 2 rebounds . Russell Westbrook is a fearless warrior who is constantly critcized for not getting the ball more to Durant . For taking far too many shots and committing too many turnovers . Why isn't the media darling Kevin Durant getting bashed for what he is not doing to lead his team to a much needed victory ? The media has made Kevin Durant the Thunder leader but he has not led his team in the last three games of the finals . The real leader on this OKC team is Russell Westbrook period . Anybody can knock down a shot when there is nobody guarding you like Durant . But give me a guy like Westbrook who will drive to the basket fearlessly making basket after basket to keep his team in the game . Then dropping midrange jumpers time after time in rhythm to lead his team with no help down the stretch getting no help from his big 2 . I'm sick of the pass that Durant is given to him by the media when he is nothing but a tall jump shooter . When you live by the jump shot you will die by it . Thanks to Kevin Durant's small frame he is afraid of the punishment he is getting when he drives to the basket so he settles for the long range jumpers . Thanks to Scott Brooks his terrible decision making in this game all but put the nail in the coffin for OKC . KD 2 rebounds won't get it done and that is why the Heat will end it Thursday so get your fishing gear ready . Durant should be ashame of yourself a 48 minute game and all you got was 2 rebounds and you got them in the last 2 minutes of the game . Russell Westbrook I have nothing but respect for you because you did what a true leader is suppose to do you led something your sidekick can't do .    
June 21, 2012  07:07 AM ET

Durant isn't 7 foot tall.

June 21, 2012  07:29 AM ET

Not to mention Russell Westbrook isn't 6 foot tall. He's 6'3.

I get the point that Durant is notably taller than Westbrook. But you're over-exaggerating the height advantage (literally doubling it) to the point of sensationalism.

June 21, 2012  07:36 AM ET

You really don't need to disparage Durant simply to make a case that you believe Westbrook is better.

For starters. you would have more credibility if you got Durant's and Westbrook's respective heights correct--Durant is listed at 6'-9", not 7 feet. Westbrook is 6'-3". And while Durant is not the NBA's premier rebounder, he's an improving rebounder who averaged 8 this past season--more than the 6'-8" all-everything LeBron has ever averaged.

"Anybody can knock down a shot when there is nobody guarding you like Durant."

You must realize that's an incredibly ludicrous statement. After winning 3-NBA scoring titles, don't you think that opponents might be tempted to play some defense on Durant, or do you really believe that their strategy is to not guard him and let him have wide-open looks? And if anyone can hit a wide-open shot, why is virtually every NBA game littered with numerous bricks from players who have plenty of space to launch uncontested jumpers? If it's necessary to exaggerate like that to prove your point, I would conclude that your point is probably invalid.

It's easy to cherry pick stats from one or two games, but one or two games does not equate to a trend. Westbrook had an awesome performance in game 5, while Durant was largely taken out of his game, but that's hardly a trend and certainly not indicative of the rest of the series or the season. And if you're going to criticize Durant for his performance in game 5, you should also temper your enthusiasm for Westbrook's play and point out that his ill-timed foul of Chalmers while the shot-clock was about ready to expire sealed the Thunder's loss.

Durant and Westbrook are both dynamic young players with bright futures. Why bash Durant, even if you believe that Westbrook is superior? I personally believe that Durant is the superior player--now and likely in the future--but I still appreciate Westbrook's game and his developing potential.

June 21, 2012  08:06 AM ET

* game 4 . . . my bad.

June 21, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You really don't need to disparage Durant simply to make a case that you believe Westbrook is better.For starters. you would have more credibility if you got Durant's and Westbrook's respective heights correct--Durant is listed at 6'-9", not 7 feet. Westbrook is 6'-3". And while Durant is not the NBA's premier rebounder, he's an improving rebounder who averaged 8 this past season--more than the 6'-8" all-everything LeBron has ever averaged. "Anybody can knock down a shot when there is nobody guarding you like Durant."You must realize that's an incredibly ludicrous statement. After winning 3-NBA scoring titles, don't you think that opponents might be tempted to play some defense on Durant, or do you really believe that their strategy is to not guard him and let him have wide-open looks? And if anyone can hit a wide-open shot, why is virtually every NBA game littered with numerous bricks from players who have plenty of space to launch uncontested jumpers? If it's necessary to exaggerate like that to prove your point, I would conclude that your point is probably invalid.It's easy to cherry pick stats from one or two games, but one or two games does not equate to a trend. Westbrook had an awesome performance in game 5, while Durant was largely taken out of his game, but that's hardly a trend and certainly not indicative of the rest of the series or the season. And if you're going to criticize Durant for his performance in game 5, you should also temper your enthusiasm for Westbrook's play and point out that his ill-timed foul of Chalmers while the shot-clock was about ready to expire sealed the Thunder's loss.Durant and Westbrook are both dynamic young players with bright futures. Why bash Durant, even if you believe that Westbrook is superior? I personally believe that Durant is the superior player--now and likely in the future--but I still appreciate Westbrook's game and his developing potential.

West conference teams have aways been known as run and gun basketball no defense oppose to Eastern conference teams that are known as nose to nose grind it out defensive style of play . Look it up its a known fact . Twitter Shaq on it . This is not about stretching the truth or sensationalism the man is taller than Westbrook his point guard should not have more rebounds in a championship game as important as that game was period and to get them in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter is unacceptable . Michael Jordan was the scoring champ for 10 years but he was a fierce competitor who when it came to money time got more than two rebounds at the end of a finals game .

June 21, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not to mention Russell Westbrook isn't 6 foot tall. He's 6'3.I get the point that Durant is notably taller than Westbrook. But you're over-exaggerating the height advantage (literally doubling it) to the point of sensationalism.

Come on man 6'9 and 7'0 -6'3 and 6'0 that is only a few inches apart not doubling . Inches and still people are making excuses for a wingman as tall as Durant settling for jump shots . His a forward not a guard " Live by the jump shot die by the jump shot and the end will be tonight for OKC .

June 21, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Come on man 6'9 and 7'0 -6'3 and 6'0 that is only a few inches apart not doubling . Inches and still people are making excuses for a wingman as tall as Durant settling for jump shots .

No, it's doubling.
You said there is a 12 inch height difference. It's only a 6 inch difference.

Even when you occasionally have a decent observation hidden in your rambling blogs, you always find a way to kill your own credibility by being obtuse and defensive even after being corrected on your "facts".

 
June 21, 2012  01:50 PM ET

totally agree with Yoda in that the sensationalism of misinformation coming from "The Chosen Few" is finding a way to kill the overall message - you should recognize that some of the responses have valid points...

Regardless, the initial point is indeed that Durant (and also Harden) really MUST find a way to step it up on the defensive end... Westbrook is playing at an extremely high level (perhaps even at his maximum potential) - if Durant and Harden can match it, there still may be more to this series...

I really think OKC must somehow be able to switch their defense on Lebron in the half-court as he moves around (how exactly, I'm not sure)... when he is on the perimeter, have Sefolosha guard him and when he moves down to the post, get Ibaka to switch on him... the other 3 guys on the court are Westbrook, Durant and Harden... but if Harden pulls another disappearing act, pull him immediately and put in Colison - at least he is playing with some fire...

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