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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  23 responses

Kevin Durant: Thunder Better When Russell Westbrook Shoots a Lot


Fans and media like to fret over Russell Westbrook occassionally taking more shots than superstar teammate Kevin Durant, but KD argues that the OKC Thunder are at their best when the aggressive point guard is putting up a lot of shots. From the Oklahoman: “Going into Monday’s game, Westbrook was within three shots of Durant’s number of attempts this season. But the Thunder is 20-4 when Westbrook takes more shots than Durant, and Oklahoma City has won by an average margin of 12.4 points in those victories. ‘We’re worse when I take more shots,’ Durant said. [...] ‘And traditionally, a point guard is not supposed to take more shots than everybody else on the team. But we’re better when he does do that and he’s aggressive. And I’m better when I’m out there facilitating, rebounding, defending and being more efficient on my shots with less shots.’ Both Durant and Westbrook are in the middle of the most efficient seasons of their careers. [...] ‘Russell’s having a phenomenal season,’ Durant said. ‘I get upset when people kind of overlook that because of me needing more shots or stuff like that. He’s having the best point guard in the league type of year. We’re winning games and the other stuff doesn’t matter.’ Durant added that the non-stop criticism actually has pulled the entire team closer together. [...] Westbrook, meanwhile, took the criticism in stride. ‘I just let my play speak for itself, honestly. As a team we’re doing great. We’re (nearly) tied for the best record in the league. So I’ll just take the good with the bad and I guess just go with it. I don’t really mind it.’ Westbrook went on to say that he has never talked with Durant about shot attempts. ‘That’s not an issue on our team,’ Westbrook said. ‘That’s an issue in the media, but it’s not an issue on our team. So if it’s not an issue on our team I can care less.’”

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  • smoove

    careful what you wish for KD….playoffs are a different animal then regular season.

  • abaci

    KD is the man! Westbrook is ballin. This team is running smooth. If “non-stop criticism” is pulling the team closer, than Simmons should stick to his Wire analogy, the media should continue to kill Russell, and fans should amp up the talk of hows better Durant or Westbrook.

  • ALD

    they need westbrook to score and tey need more plays …. All that one on one is bad even with two superstars.

  • ALD

    And skip bayless is an idiot but he does his job. His thoughts gives ppl something to talk about even though it may hurt players.

  • FnF

    Nothing like the MVP favorite endorsing his teammate as the main reason for their team’s success.

  • DruNyce

    We’ll see if KD still feels that way if they fall short this year again.

  • jake

    Call me crazy but i think westbrook has a higher ceiling than durant.

  • trent

    Well, they’ve won a crap load of games with Westbrook taking most of the shots so if it ain’t broke. Don’t fix it.

  • thor

    You know jake, Durant is more of a closer than Russ and that is the pivotal difference between them as leaders. I can maybe agree with it from a talent perspective, he really is a unique talent.

  • JoeMaMa

    Jake, you’re crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Jake’s crazy.

  • Rainman

    Shout out to jakes craziness

  • Ldub

    seems like what KD is saying is Russ takes the focus off KD so that he can pick and chose his spots. Since KD is a much more efficient scorer…Teams will change their D to stop Russ…when they do that it opens it up for KD to do his thing. Hes still gonna get a few hustle points, fast break points and iso buckets. I dont necessarily agree because RW is the PG but KD makes a valid point.

  • rcorrington

    About Skip Bayless, I love espn first take but disagree with Him a lot. However when i post logical points on espn blog i get very little feed back but when other make obscene points like, Chris Bosh is the best Heat player that would garnish comments and controversy. Its annoying but it is what it is.

  • bike

    Jake is crazy Lake is lazy, call me what u want but that ish don’t faze me. Say hi to ya mom cuz the trick just layed me. U can keep ya brother cuz it aint my baby. Ya mama jus finished messing with my boy Davey. Next up we gonna run a train on ya lady ooooooooow!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Kd wont be saying that when the playoffs roll around and westbrook tosses up 30 shots to his 21.

  • ALD

    this westbrook vs durant is stupid,nobody complains when lebron takes more shots than dwade or vice vers. lebron aint the pg but he might as well be.. OKC will be fine because westbrook does not feed into the media trolls and Durant is just cool with it…. I see rings in OKC soon.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^ neither one of them are pg.

  • Omar

    Jake is crazy.

  • Naefy

    KD IS ON DRUGS, it’s his team, bloody crazy!!

  • kulas

    jake is crazy.

  • Ash

    Besides James Haden coming off the bench Durant needs Westbook to score otherwise there record wouldn’t be so good

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    A better headline would have been KD putting Ball-less on blast: “He doesn’t know a thing about basketball.”

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