Russell Westbrook Loses His Head, Gets Ejected
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Russell Westbrook Loses His Head, Gets Ejected

C'mon man.

Last night, the Thunder got absolutely smacked by the Grizzlies, 114-80. Russell Westbrook finished with 21 points and five rebounds, but he finished early. Russ was thrown out of the game with 6:41 remaining in the third after receiving back-to-back technical fouls for arguing with the referees nonstop. He also finished with six turnovers, so on a frustrating night, I'm not too surprised he was thrown out.

After the game, Russ went on to comment even further on the officials.

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The Thunder Took It To The Warriors

Steph Curry and company are human, after all.

Sunday night, the Thunder did something no team in the NBA would've dreamt of doing during the regular season: they beat Steph Curry and the Warriors by 28 points.

Yeah.

And while that sounds insane because of how damn good the Warriors are, there were warning signs that this kind of thing could happen.

It went largely unnoticed because of the whole "best regular season in freaking history" thing, but when the Warriors lost in the regular season, they lost big.

Admittedly, the numbers are a little skewed because of Portland's 32-point drubbing of Golden State in the Damian Lillard Revenge Game(TM) in February, but in the Warriors' nine regular season losses, the average margin of victory for their opponents was 21.1 points.

Their postseason losses have been much closer, as postseason games tend to be: their first three losses of the playoffs were by an average of 6.3 points per game.

Then, of course, Sunday night happened.

Serge Ibaka got things jumping for OKC early on with this monstrous posterization over Festus Ezili.

Russell Westbrook was out-rebounding multiple Warriors players on his own.

Even Dion Waiters was doing things!

Thunder exploded for a 32-7 run to end the first half.

At one point, the run reached this level of fire:

The Thunder set a franchise record for most points in a postseason game. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points on just 34 shots.

It was, in every sense of the word, domination.

Still, it's not all doom and gloom for the Bay Area bombers.

After each of the Warriors' five double-digit losses during the regular season, Steve Kerr's squad bounced back strong. They responded by winning the following games by an average of 14.4 points per game. When the Blazers beat them by 12 points in the second round, the Warriors responded with a seven-point overtime win the next time out.

All told, Golden State has yet to lose back-to-back games in 96 games since October. History suggests they won't start now, with the best player in the world and the 2015-16 Coach of the Year in tow.

But!

Don't look now. The Thunder have a 2-1 series lead on the Warriors, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing like the superstars they are.

If Oklahoma City wins Game 4, things will get very, very interesting.

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The Warriors Aren't Bad, The Thunder Are Just Better

Right now, that is.

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.

People, what's happening to the Warriors?

The Warriors that went 73-9, the best regular season record of all time.

The Warriors that have the first unanimous MVP.

My answer: absolutely nothing.

True Story:

This last semester, I took a philosophy class. I took my fair share of bad grades, but I showed up to every class, went to office hours, and did the readings every time.

My buddy also took this class, and he was much better at philosophy than I. He got good grades, but relied too much on his natural ability to teach himself (that's kind of what philosophy is anyway).

The night before the final, I pulled a near all-nighter and was studying like mad. My buddy went to the bar.

I got a 96, he got an 88.

The Warriors aren't falling apart. What we are seeing is a team rising to the heights everyone thought it was capable of.

Russell Westbrook (triple double machine) and Kevin Durant (former MVP), when firing on all cylinders, are a more dangerous backcourt than the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The duo from OKC is faster, stronger and more athletic. No disrespect to the Splash Brothers, but tape don't lie.

If you think about it, the Thunder match up perfectly with the Warriors. Every skill set, every personality is accounted for. The reason the Warriors are so good is because they play fast and efficient basketball.

All it takes to beat them is another team that does the same thing, and people have expected the Thunder to be that team all season.

Thing is, the Thunder were like me. They took their losses and had their growing pains. Remember the drama of Kevin Durant potentially leaving OKC after this season? I think the only thing Durant is thinking about right now is hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. We got caught up in the little, petty things and failed to see that the Thunder were putting in the work.

The Thunder went to office hours. The Thunder did the reading. The Thunder took their bad grades. They look like they've been up all night preparing for this moment, the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors look like they've been out at the bars. Down three games to one, their regular season performance is already a thing of the past. I wonder how much they studied for this test.

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Dubs Win, So The NBA Has To Be Rigged

There's no other explanation for it.

In every clique there is at least one friend who gets a little (or alot) crazy when it comes to conspiracy theories. These characters are pretty mundane unless you trigger certain buzzwords. Then it's a landslide of questionable logic and cover up accusations on repeat.

Well tonight's contest was for those paranoid few. With the elimination of all-time NBA legacy potentially coming two games early, and a lot of revenue loss on the line for the NBA, it's easy to see why fans are abuzz with suspicion. I'll recap the best accusations twitter had to offer and gauge the plausibility to get down to the nitty gritty truth.

The Refs, It's always the Refs
It's a classic complaint when presented in the right context can indicate something more ominous. Tonight had all the context and stakes necessary to transform "poor reffing" into "this game is rigged."

A rough quarter set the perception for the rest of the game.

First Thoughts: Nothing to See Here
The first quarter was admittedly rough, but like most things, given time it all evened out in the end. The Thunder were called for 26 total fouls, but this isn't an insane discrepancy next to the Dubs 18 total fouls. A proper, home court advantage if anything.

Draymond is Untouchable
Draymond Green's lack of suspension despite his recent transgressions is already enough fuel for corruption junkies. His antics continued tonight which won't help to placate those angry fans that demand equality.

At this point I'm convinced that Draymond has realized there is no turning back. He will forever now feel pressured to kick everytime he jumps. Green earned one technical foul tonight, but that felt more akin to theater rather than true justice.

Verdict: Stars will be Stars
This is nothing new. The NBA has always prioritized star players and will continue to do so until every player is equally responsible for revenue. Till then we'll have to accept the good with the bad and just hope the refs don't play favorites to hard.

Avoid Elimination with Condensation
Slippery courts is nothing new is the NBA. There are logical explanations. The weather is causing some natural condensation. Sweat dripped on the floor from players. The NBA really needs to ensure there is a game 6.

Verdict: Smoking Gun
Multiple witness saw and can attest to the greased floor, especially where Thunder players were concerned. There is simply no other explanation for the Warrior's victory. The media will sell you excuses like Steven Adams' early foul trouble combined with Andrew Bogut's reemergence. That the Dubs finally found space to shoot tonight amidst OKC length.

No more distractions from the truth, the NBA is undeniably rigged as assured by their conveniently slippery courts. I for one will be watching Saturday to catch the league red handed when they rig us a Game 7.

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Mark Cuban Opened His Mouth Again

He's really gotta stop doing that.

On Monday, Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, boldly voiced his opinion...again.

Cuban said the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook was merely an All-Star, but not a superstar.

Now, I'm confused as to how Cuban, who has a business degree and is clearly a smart guy, could be so dumb.

Russell Westbrook is one of the best guards the game has ever seen. I have never seen a player attack the rim as ferociously as he does. He averaged near a triple double during the regular season (24 ppg, 10 apg, 8 rpg).

Yeah, not a superstar.

I honestly don't get what Cuban was trying to accomplish here. Out of all the players in the league, one of the last players I'd want to rile up is Russell Westbrook. I mean look at this guy!

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How did Cuban's trash talk pan out? The Mavericks were beaten 118-104, and knocked out of the playoffs. How did Westbrook do? He put up 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. I don't know about you, but those are superstar numbers.

What does this mean for Cuban?

Probably nothing. He'll just go film more episodes of Shark Tank and make up excuses as to why his team fell short.

But the question still remains as to how he could be so dumb as to insult one of the five best guards in the game.

Kevin Durant offered perhaps the most logical explanation.

He most likely realized his team was going home, and was trying to stay relevant. Cuban craves the spotlight. That's part of the reason that I like him. He's never afraid to criticize the refs when need be, which always results in large fines. He doesn't care. I can respect him for that.

I can't give him a pass on this one, though. His team won the NBA championship in 2011, and there's no way in hell Cuban's team can do it again with its current roster. Dirk Nowitzki, as amazing as he is, is 37, and won't be leading the Mavs to a title anymore on his own. It's time for Cuban to show his worth, and build a team that can win without Dirk. He needs to find another player, a superstar. But who could that player be?

Russell Westbrook hits the market next year. But nahh, he's merely an All-Star -__-

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Was Thursday The Last We'll See of Tim Duncan?

Nobody thought the Spurs would actually lose to the Thunder.

Raise your hand if you thought the Spurs were going to force a game seven against the Thunder.

My hand was raised, and I'm sure I wasn't alone.

It's the Spurs! The same team that went 67-15 in the regular season. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Leonard, Aldridge- these names make a GM drool! These guys? Lose?

But oh yeah, the Spurs lost. And they lost badly.

The Thunder simply overpowered the Spurs. After losing the first game of the series by 32 points, the Thunder showed why they are one of the most dangerous and athletic teams in the NBA this season.

The game actually started pretty well for the Spurs. They went up 19-13 with about four minutes left in the first quarter.

Then it all went to shit.

The first quarter ended on a 12-0 run for OKC, and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wasn't happy about it.

It got worse.

The Spurs made a comeback, sort of. They had the chance to bring the deficit to single digits with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder were simply too much, and managed to seal the game off with a 113-99 victory.

There are a lot of storylines here, but there are two worth mentioning.

One: this may have been the last time we saw Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili play in the NBA.

This is pure speculation, but Duncan is 40 years old. He's arguably the best power forward of all time, but no player is better than father time, and he might be calling for Duncan. Likewise for Ginobili. He's 38, and he's been playing with Duncan since 1999.

But again, I could be totally wrong on that and they could both be back next year.

The second story here is much more fascinating, and it's how lethal the Thunder are when they are firing on all cylinders.

Like I said earlier, they could possibly be the most athletic team in the NBA- not just this year, in a long time. Westbrook is a monster, Durant is a former MVP. And everyone else on the team hustles their butts off and it pays off.

The Thunder were more physical on the glass, outrebounding the Spurs 50-40. Led by Steven Adams, the Thunder's seven foot big man from New Zealand, the Thunder's role players outhustled, outworked out outplayed the Spurs.

On a side note, Adams is only 22.

With the Spurs out of the way, the Thunder now have to take on the seemingly unbeatable Golden State Warriors. But for now, the Thunder can celebrate a bit.

Raise your hand if you think the Thunder will lose to the Warriors.