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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  167 responses

Kevin Durant Led OKC Thunder to Game 1 Win Over the Miami Heat


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Round 1 of the dream superstar showdown in the NBA Finals went to Kevin Durant, decisively.

The Durantula scored 17 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter last night, as the OKC Thunder took the opener of the series after trailing throughout the first half.

OKC’s young guns showed impressive poise down the stretch, before cruising past a seemingly tired Miami Heat team (which had just survived a grueling 7-game series against the Boston Celtics.)

From the Sun-Sentinel:

And, just like that, there was a 105-94 loss Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena and a 1-0 deficit in these best-of-seven NBA Finals. “We were thinking we were putting ourselves in a position to win, and then they just went away,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. More to the point, Thunder forward Kevin Durant took it away, scoring 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter. It was the second-highest-scoring Finals debut, behind only the 48 points of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson. “We need to keep our bodies in front of him,” Spoelstra said of Durant, “but that’s much easier said than done.”

Durant said it took a relentless approach to overcome the Heat and LeBron James. “Every time out, our coaches were saying, ‘Play harder! Play harder!” and that’s what we did.” Especially Durant. “We just had to make a second effort,” he said. “The only adjustment we made was playing harder. It’s a team game. Everybody has to come to play. Everybody played hard in the second half.”

The Miami Heat will need more production from people not named LeBron James going forward. LBJ chipped in 30 points and 9 boards last night, but got very little support from his teammates in the second half when the Thunder made their run.

It’s still very early in the series, and it would behoove everyone not to overreact to the Game 1 outcome. That being said, Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder sent an unmistakable message last night: they are very much in the driver’s seat.

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  • bull22

    i SO called this one. the thunder need to continue playing like this and they will be champions. westbrook’s 27 11 PERFECT-unselfish ball. still a long series though but very impressive win for young thunder after being down 13.

  • JB

    One down, three to go.

  • Feez_22

    Is the amber alert for dwyane wade still active? Great game by the thunder btw. crazy how they didn’t even need harden to win.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Thunder will win period.

  • Cizzo

    Thank you Feez_22…Imbaka didn’t play at all Harding barely played down the scretch….25 point turnaround…. What’s next?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    KD and Westbrook > LBJ and DWade?

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The storyline everyone is not talking about is the numerous jumpshots the Heat missed in the second half and the numerous 2nd and 3rd shot opportunities for the Thunder. Combine that with OKC’s “confidence of youth” and it’s like trying to climb up “cold mountain.”

  • Sizzle

    @bull22 95% of sportsnation called this one. Toot your horn some more.

  • Mike From Spain

    It’s only natural for teams to win their home games. Also, @Shock Exchange -> so what? The jump shot is a volatile skill, if OKC conceded the jump shots to some of the poorer shooter in the Heat, then it was good defense, not just some random factor. Also, the 2nd and 3rd opportunities are the result of the Heat’s inferiority at the boards. It is also not some random factor here. The clogging of the lane, the relative lack of good outside shooting in the Heat and the rebounding superiority of the Thunder were all well documented statistical facts before game #1.

  • Mike From Spain

    well, bad writing, the cloggin of the lane is not a statistical fact. Anyway, I hope you catch my drift…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Charles Barkley

    Spoelstra gave that one away

  • T-Money

    wade has to win his match up with westbrook for miami to have a chance.

  • bike

    DWade and Bosh might have excuses for lousy play but this ain’t no time for lousy.

  • ClydeSays

    When Battier & Chalmers where hitting those 3′s and the Thunder were getting phantom no-contact fouls called against them in the first half, I thought Durant & co were cooked. Then the Heat bench came back to Earth & Wade continued to struggle. Props to Durant & Westbrook for being aggressive & taking the ball to the hoop.

  • BostonBaller

    S. A. Smith & Skip Bayless just fired up DWade & The Heat and this is what I don’t like about media. lol. Why wake sleeping giants. This series is like DC Comics vs Marvel Comics. LOL

  • Layzie

    Wtf is Wade doing. This guy use to be so good at attacking the basket and scoring or drawing fouls. Last night he attacked a few times and the results were good. But most of the night dude was shooting 3′s and long ass jumpers. His jumpshot was never that good to begin with. If the Heat wants to win this Wade need to step his game up big time.

  • tpathi1

    if i was lebron i would be taking it personally that the runner up mvp just outplayed me…but who knows what he thinks, in any level of basketball lebron should have been the primary defender (gradeschool ball to the playground, AAU, college, pickup anywhere) on KD but apparently he was not for this game, at the highest level of bball you have to make “adjustment” and save these guys for other things..when you get to the NBA nowadays the best defender doesnt guard the best scorer on the other team..not even if they play the same position

  • BostonBaller

    WOW !! You would think this was game 7, the Heat lost by 50 & LBJ/Wade combined for 6 pts. I agree that Wade needs to step up and try to be the Wade of a couple of years ago (injured?) and LBJ needs to be more aggressive when the games are on the line with little time on the clock while the Heat are down BUT come on people..The Sky is NOT falling.

  • tpathi1

    Lebron has at most 6 games left to check KD and win this series, and mentally scar his opposition for life

  • Ldub

    bull22….How can you say westbrook was perfect? If he was the go to guy putting up shots like he does, they would lose. KD keeps them in the game and closes games. RW is a good player but perfect is not close to being accurate when defining him or his game last night. It boils down to Lebron not getting any help. Battier was good in the first half, but he isnt an offensive player. Wade needs to be in an offensive flow for 48 min for this team to win. And the energy was horrible in the second half. No defense. Didnt know what to do on the switches…it was almost embarassing to watch. Especially for a team that claims they pride themselves on having a “defense 1st” mentality. End of game roster should be Chalmers, Wade, Battier, James and Bosh. And Bosh gotta get closer than 22 ft. Step in another 8 and give yourself an advantage over the okc bigs. We all know he can hit the mid range. As far as the 3? not yet. IDC if he hit 3 in game 7. That isnt his strength.

  • MVP23100

    BostonBaller exactly we just seen two series that were 2-0 and things changed drastically they protected home court that’s it

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This reminds me of my aforementioned three way with these guys. Fun

  • gboy

    Look guys lets be real, I have no sympathy for Lebron and the Miami Heat.True basketball fans and analysts believed that Chicago was the best basketball fit for Lebron because they had money for two max free agents, youth, depth, and an established “young”superstar in Rose. Now he’s facing a MONSTER “young” trio in OKC with Durant,Westbrook and Harden and may be realizing that he possibly may never win a ring in his career. He has a teammate in Wade thats on his last legs as an elite player(3yrs max),old role players and Bosh who is primarily a perimeter big(now 3 point shooter) and lacks the true grit to mix it up against tough front lines similar to the Thunder.

  • tpathi1

    @gboy agreed that LBJ no brainer choice was to go to the bulls, i’m a huge bulls fan, but lets be real…LBJ never had a coach to check him, never had any sort of figure to tell him what to do, so he went with the guys he trusted because he knew them as friends. You should never go into business with your friends, he should definately picked D Rose and company we woulda been winning all of the rings…it didn’t happen, but lebron is still a phenomenal ball player, he deserves atleast one ring!!

  • Ldub

    “may be realizing that he possibly may never win a ring in his career”?? he is 27!!! Why do u think he came to the Heat? It increases his chance of winning. And it has. He went 1 time in Cleveland in 7 years…Now twice in the past two years. Bosh isnt primarily a 3 pt shooter. He hit a few in game 7 (amongst other mid range buckets) and took the open ones he had last night. Stop trying to make it seem like this dude is either this year or bust forever. With 2 roster moves they could win. Get a PG and a C. Get Bosh back in his normal position, and push Mario to the backup pg spot. Get rid of injury prone Miller, no PT Jones and the young buck Cole. Maybe even Joel Anthony too. It can be done. IDK who they would bring in but it can be done!

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    trolls as far as the eye can see smh..

  • tpathi1

    @ldub, they have no money! I highly doubt that they can get a top 10 center out there, probably not even a top 15 center. Maybe they can go after steve nash or jason kidd for pg responsbilities, but no good pg’s are available either.

  • Ldub

    It doesnt need to be a top 10 center. Ibaka wasnt a top 10 center, but dude hustled his ass off and now is the leagues leading shot blocker. You dont need an elite pg or c…you just need someone that is going to do their job. Someone similar to a haslem type of player, but with more length. I am aware of their money situation. Thats why I named people they can get rid of. If a trade is going to happen, and they want to keep the big 3 in tact…they are gonna have to move someone like haslem to make it work. But that can also be solved by moving James to the point. I trust James handling the ball and leading the team more than chalmers. Then you would only need a C, and it would push chalmers to a backup role which i feel suits him best.

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com O

    I loved how Mario Chalmers was flopping all over and not getting any calls. Even Shane Battier flopped when Ibaka tapped him and the refs totally deaded his flopping effort. Bout time they stop rewarding that bullsh*t…

  • tpathi1

    personally i think they would be fine, if there was good coaching surrounding them…the triangle offense seems more than appropriate for this team..but i the heat don’t space the floor well enough, and they struggle to make entry passes. Stuff like that is unacceptable, how many times have we seen Kobe post up and the ball get poked away from him?? You don’t have to worry about stuff like that with Kobe and the way they ran their offense. These are legit concerns for the Heat tho. They have 3 guys in Bron Wade and I guess Bosh that have the tools to be great post players. Post play wears down the opposition, slows the game down, and pretty much will be the key to if these guys ever form a dynasty or not, but you needa coach to execute this strategy.

  • gboy

    what trade value does Haslem have? The only players that have trade value are the big three and Wade’s value is dwindling by the day because of his age, injuries and contract. who wants a finesse power forward that shoots too many perimeter shots for almost 90 mil? its not about age for Bron its about the window of opportunity for this Heat team as currently constructed

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    gboy, he has none.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The team that shoots the least amount of jumpshots will win this series.

  • Ldub

    They dont have a post presence. Thats why Ive been making the point (as everyone else has) to get a C. And it doesnt have to be an elite C. Sheeit Even Chris Kaman is an upgrage from Anthony. Injured or not…the dude has put up some decent #s and is arguably respectable on the block. As far as Haslem…Im sure there are some teams that would like to have him. If they need to include Miller or Jones or anyone else, then so be it.

    Agreed…a more assertive coach is definitely needed. And with no post presence..this strategy wont work. As much as Lebron has improved in the post..that isnt his strength. Same with Wade. Bosh is their biggest post guy and he shoots jumpers and now 3s. Its sad to see. There isnt a half court game. Its Wade and James creating and everyone standing around watching. The triangle would be too difficult because of their lack of size…especially against OKC who has perk and ibaka that would be chillin in the paint.

    agreed with NBK….take it to the cup.

  • tpathi1

    Chris Kaman for all intensive purposes is an elite center..a lot of teams would definately take chris kaman (he is no dwight howard or bynum, but behind those two guys and Marc Gasol i might have to take him).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Miami also needs to do something about how often they switch. They are switching like they are the 97 Bulls…which, obviously, they are not. Durant is already feasting off of Shane Battier, but i don’t at all understand switching on the weak side of the court just because he cuts near Wade. Switching Wade onto Durant is just a recipe to get that guy in a really good rhythm (if you go back and look at the beginning of the game, Durant got in rhythm just by shooting over Wade on those stupid switches), once that happens, nobody stands a chance against Durant. The Heat need to either have Battier glued to Durant and just deal with the 30+points he’ll score on a slightly lower %, or they need to put LeBron on him, and just deal with Battier on Ibaka. Also, Bosh has to start. He has no clue how to be a energy/offensive punch guy off the bench, he relies to much on the flow of the game. (i was going to post this on the post-up, but it looks like no post-up for the finals :p)

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    There was a good sign for the Heat last night that LeBron was being aggressive and hitting the post. Also Battier and Chalmers were hitting open 3s.

  • Ldub

    Aldridge, Hibbert, Chandler, Ibaka, Both Gasols (pau can play center), Even Pekovic lol. I think Kaman is top 20 but not top 10 center. (mainly because of his injuries). agreed with NBK….I would keep LBJ on him and allow them to cancel each other out. Id definitely allow ibaka to try and be an offensive presence. Anything to get the ball out of KD’s hands. On the side note of what you said about KD shooting over Wade…Wade is a smart enough player to be more aggressive with KD. Force him into a different shot. But playing off him 2-3 feet is crazy. Then all of a sudden you wanna jump up and put a hand in his face? He is too good for that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wade doesn’t give 100% effort. I think his knee is worse than is being revealed regardless though Durant was popping little one handed jumpers over Wade when he tried to play him tight. I just think a 6’4″ guy that isn’t Tony Allen is never going to really bother 7’0″ Kevin Durant.

  • ash

    The third quarter is were Miami lost the game. Turnovers, lack of energy, and jumpshots. Thabo Selfolih needs to get some credit. He did a good job on Wade and lebron at times. Lebron will have to get 40pts 10 assists and 10 rebounds a game for Miami to win. Spo should contine with the pick n roll with chalmers and anthony until thunder figure that out.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Miami lost the 3rd by 8, and the 4th by 10.

  • tpathi1

    NBK, i agree with you points, but if i was the coach the option to have Battier stuck like glue on Durant is really not an option, you gotta put LBJ on him and strap him up! It is looking like Wade is playing with a serious injury, he gives like ten ft of space wen he was guarding rondo last series and westbrook this series. Switching off of picks won’t make KD work any harder to get the ball, they need to deny him getting the ball, I hope Lebron guards him the whole game. How could LBJ look at himself in the mirror and tell himself he gave it his all if he aint the primary defender on durant???

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

    I’m convinced that Miami is going to win.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Thunder in 7. And lakeshow cries into his pillow after

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    tpathi, i am about 100% certain LeBron doesn’t decide the match-ups. That’s on Spoelstra. The problem is, LeBron on Durant means LeBron isn’t on the glass. If LeBron isn’t rebounding then that means you are playing without your best rebounder. You basically have to decide what is more important, trying to neutralize Durant, or preventing second chance points and having a guy to start fast breaks off of misses. It’s one or the other, which is the issue with having a guy whose the best player on your team in literally every area.

  • Ldub

    Lebron doesnt need to get a 40-10-10 trip dub to win. He played a very good game. Wade needs to get about 8 more points as well as bosh. That would push them to 30,26 and 18…whichi s about 75 points between the 3 of them. Its gonna take an effort from all 3..not just lebron. Everyone is so quick to put this all on his shoulders. Lebrons has been a masterpiece throughout the playoffs. The other 2 stars HAVE to step up if they have a chance. No matter how good LBJ is…He cannot do this alone. And as much as Battier and Chalmers were hitting…it isnt enough. They arent going to remain consistent like that throughout an entire game. Havent done it all season. ENERGY, AGGRESSION, DEFENSE. Thats exactly what OKC did in the 2nd half and you see the results. It was like they switched jerseys in the locker rooms.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Good morning troll, sorry i didn’t finish your bridge last night.

  • Ldub

    Wade and almost everyone else plays off Rondo. Not because of an injury but because he isnt a threat from the 3 point line. Problem with that is…Rondo is such a great passer…its like giving Peyton Manning 15 seconds to find a receiver with no pass rush! Its guaranteed to be a bucket/catch unless the person missing the shot, gets fouled/drops the pass. As far as him playing off Russ, that could very well be a defensive strategy by the coach. Russ isnt going to pass as much or nearly as accurately as Rondo…forcing him to shoot gets the ball out of KD’s hands. They all play off Rondo and Russ…Battier, Chalmers and LBJ.

  • alexico

    Where are all the freaking Heat fans LeBron lovers???

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Stopping Durant is far more urgent. Make Bosh do his job and scrap for boards. Battier can’t guard Durant whatsoever, KD is just too long for him. LeBron has both the size and strength to at least contain him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Ldub, that line about Rondo and Peyton Manning. I literally said the same exact thing on twitter. THIEF!! lol

  • Ldub

    lol well i dont have a twitter bro…so i wouldnt know. well i do but i dont use that..havent in months.

  • Ldub

    on the flip side…with Russ its like having Ryan Leaf back there! lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i’d call him Michael Vick. Or someone who is more interested in doing it himself. it’s not like he’s bad. Ryan Leaf would probably be like Adam Morrison, or Kwame Brown.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No TPU? :( That’s where da sh*t spose to go down.
    Troll, I don’t really have all that much invested in this series. The Heat can win for all I care. I would just ‘prefer’ Durant to get a chip.
    ((Wait, am I just speaking to the troll as if his he is a person worth taking time to speak with… Dam internets. Trolls getting treated like they real peeps))

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Morning, it’s alright I can wait. I’m currently sleeping at ldub’s moms house so you can take all the time you need.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Welcome to the dark side lakeshow

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am Ldub’s mom bruh.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    alexico, you do realize the series is one game in, right? Shutup and let it play out.

  • Ldub

    LMAO….now thats funny. Good comparison. I like Vick. Dude with tremendous talent but should be a better facilitator at his position.

    *SIDE NOTE….read something interesting the other day. OKC’s window for winning may be smaller than the Heats. Reason being..the new CBA rules will crush them. Russ has max contract, KD will get one, and Harden and Ibaka are both young and will look to have one in 2 years. Well the Luxury tax more than likely wont allow them to keep the core group (depending on what contracts they wish to give). It was very interesting…I dont recall which site i was on but it was informative. Think they give OKC approx 4 years.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And I appreciate the hospitality

  • Ldub

    Ldub doesnt know his real mother…now dont you feel like an idiot. Good thing He isnt that stalker, creeper, terrorist type cat…otherwise your little off the wall comments from that specific ip address would get you caught up.

  • alphabeta

    @Ldub, I agree. OKC cannot have three max contracts, then the 12 remaining players will be working for peanuts, which won’t happen, because trust me every NBA player gives the PO answer about “winning is everything” and money comes after. No, money comes first, especially for these young ballers. They know if they get injured they could stop making millions. So, I give the Thunder 3 yrs to win a chip. By then Lakers, Mavs, Spurs, Jazz, Nuggets, will retool and be contenders.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    OKC has one more season together before they have to make decisions.

  • Ldub

    Honestly…I would ball for 500k a year. I dont need millions (although it would be nice)…but 500k a year would be straight for me. I dont need the biggest house, or nicest car. Just balling in the NBA would be enough for me. Sheeit Id do it for 60k a year. Someone please pay me to play ball. That is if you’d like a guard similar to Brandon Jennings with more D and a more effecient passer. Not to mention a higher shooting %!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    OKC should lose fisher and maybe Mohammed. The thing is that all the thunder players love each other so some might take a paycut or a smaller amount more to play together and contend. That means Ibaka, harden, durant, and Westbrook.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ nbk You know you made it big when you have an official troll. NO TPU today??

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ so my troll is actually trying to seriously join the discussion? lol wth

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    What, we trolls can’t have opinions too? LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    We’ll see how much they “love” each other when another team is dangling significant money in their faces. Not that there would be anything wrong with them bolting for the money.

  • LA Huey

    I was waiting for The Post-Up to join the fray. Looks like SLAM switched things up for no apparent reason.
    Also, it’s Game 1. Not saying the Heat got this but let’s not overreact.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Remember when I said that Westbrook was better than Wade this season?
    LeBron has to guard KD (especially in the 4th) and if Miami’s coach decides to go with someone else on him, LeBron should override that.
    DWade has to be the worst jumpshooter out of all the star perimeter players in the L.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    @caboose. Do they really seem like people who would do that. I mean they might. I haven’t met any of them. But they seem like a bunch of guys who enjoy playing with each other. And OKC gives them some pretty good money.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yup, I do. Taylor.
    Which also means you think Westbrook is better than Kobe.
    Which is absolutely, positively, absurd.
    Rondo might be a worse jump shooter BTW.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign lakeshow

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    So I haven’t posted since 2:44

  • tpathi1

    jtaylor right…throughout the course of this season westbrook been playing better than wade…and lebron needs to guard kd in the finals!! i almost had a heart attack watching that game yesterday…does anyone remember round 1 how hard carmelo took it to shane battier, his eyes literally lit up every time battier would guard him. What do you guys think is going thru KD’s mind when Battier guards him??!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    lol.
    I know it’s not nbk, by the fact that is says “co-sign lakeshow.”

  • LA Huey

    “What do you guys think is going thru KD’s mind when Battier guards him??!!” He probably LITERALLY craps himself out of excitement.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^There is constant sh*t streaming down his legs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow, he didn’t say Westbrook is a better player, he said Westbrook has been better this season. Which is the exact same thing you said about Kevin Love and other PF’s.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, this season and so far in the playoffs, he’s been better than both guys. Now when I say that, I don’t mean that Westbrook is a better player than Kobe or Wade but there is no deying that fact, he has performed better.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Caboose left, he must be afraid of TROLL POWER

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Battier is a better defender when he is checking jumpshooting perimeter players but when he has to guard athletic, slashing players like Melo and KD, he is not as good defensively. That is why Coach Splostra decision to have someone other than LeBron for the majority of the game on KD baffled me.

  • davidR

    the heats miscommunication during their switches was amateur, especially for a team in the finals.
    they didn’t look focused at all during the second half

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Cabooose might have gone, but I’m still here hunny ;)

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Awww BOOOOOOOO

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Gotcha.
    I guess I will accept that as your opinion lol.
    I would not say he outplayed Kobe all year or in the playoff’s though. So I do deny that ‘fact.’
    You could make an argument, but the stats are up in the air and lean toward KB, and everything else is subjective.
    While KB was in the playoffs he was doing the dam thing. 30,5,4 on 44%.
    But obviously he has been less successful from the W/L column, thus has had a worse playoffs overall imo.

  • Ldub

    I doubt that Harden and Ibaka will stay for less than they are worth. Its highly possible if they would like to keep the core group together. And I even think its possible that KD refuses to take a few million just so OKC can keep the core group together. I mean, like i said earlier…pay me to play ball. And if I know I can have an opportunity to play with close friends, that share the same desire to win, and can compete at the same level as me…then by all means…give me 5mil a year and my boys each 5mil a year. No one says that you have to pay a bonafide SUPERSTAR 12mil a year!

  • tpathi1

    everything coach spo does baffles me! Somedays im amazed at his end of game play calls (which have been horrid), but then all of a sudden the heat will bounce back the next day with a victory. I just want to know what the players true belief in the coach is..I never seen Lebron show up his coaches, one time Wade yelled at him, but damn i’m shocked..im just a fan but i yell at him thru the tv all the time!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    @ldub If they aren’t willing to do that to contend for a title then they don’t love the game as much as they say they do. But like I said, they don’t seem to me like they would. Especially after they win it this year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ not me

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    (<– the real nbk) says, make as much money as you can. as much as i enjoy basketball and think they should play for the love of the game, i love my family more. i would make as much money as possible to ensure my family lives a financially stress free live.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I love the game as much as anyone but I not going to play the game for less than I am worth in the open market.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Financial stability is more important than any game. Only a moron would suggest otherwise.

  • tpathi1

    Ldub…it is possible for Kevin Durant to leave a couple million on the table…if he does, i can’t be a fan of his anymore…see im from chicago…MJ (the greatest of all time) would never take a pay cut, I like my superstars not so humble, shaq became a questionable championship seeking hor when he took that 10million dollar pay cut for antoine walker..and duncan for many reasons including the pay cut he took in my book is outside of the top ten of all time..and yah these guys might be friends now but they wasnt with durant shoootin in the gym (when he was growing up)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It’s strange that the troll doesn’t even troll anymore…
    There is just legitimate conversations being had vicariously through another’s sign in name…
    This is a new breed of troll…
    One that beckons we take it seriously…
    Reminds me of those DirecTV commercials that are like:
    “When you let a troll be taken seriously, the troll thinks he is real.”
    “When a troll thinks he is real, the troll begins to believe in himself.”
    “When a troll believes in himself, the troll becomes stronger.”
    “When the troll becomes stronger, you are less likely to enjoy your time on SLAM.”
    “When you stop enjoying your time on SLAM, you find strange other things to preoccupy your time.”
    “When you find strange things to occupy your time you find weird fetish websites.”
    “When you find weird fetish websites you find other weird fetish websites.”



    You know so on like that.

  • don the GSW fan

    wade looked tired, scared of ibaka’s help defense and all. he was flipping shots to the basket instead,. but then again, the lane is clogged for miami,only lbj can bowl over perk and ibaka to get a layup and he needs a fullsteam for that.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Click my name for those fetish websites lakeshow

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m at work bruh. Unless it’s a Rick Roll video I ought not.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “don’t find yourself on fetish websites with nbk’s bridge troll”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    troll nbk is the best… oh man. sorry real nbk, this guy is too funny.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    the other day troll nbk co-signed real nbk. I think parallel universes collided then… It was like Kramer meeting Feldman.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    4:18 is real nbk.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    @ teddy the bear, I did feel something of an earthquake or collision, but it might have been bike and jtaylor’s mom’s chest bumping.

  • davidR

    lakeshow, the link to the trolls name is “slamonline” lol

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    OKC in 5 games!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thanks Dave.
    Needed to know before my 27″ MAC shows the office what i’m up to…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the only issue i’m having with my troll (who i love), is that he is getting credit when i say humorous things. like, stop makin people think your the only nbk that can be funny bruh

  • furiousfunkfanatic

    Why did Portland pick Greg Oden again?^^

  • retrobat

    For everyone talking about Harden and Ilbaka staying for less money, etc. I present to you a really well written SLAM article that delves into this entire situation… http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/their-time-is-now/

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Sorry bro. I’ll work on that.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You gotta establish that your the real nbk before you say something funny. Our system can be confusing to others

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    hey you just keep trolling, leave the real nbk’ing to the bridgemaker

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Tears. That was inspirational

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I love it lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i can’t stay mad at you – be as funny as you want.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Co-Sign^

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Just use TheFoRealNBK as your handle, duh…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yay. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • Ldub

    tpath….i understand what ur saying. But the generation has changed. There is so much talk and comparison to rings, that is the only thing that matters. And with the huge talent/potential talent on any team (OKC is a perfect example)…you have to aline yourself with talent. Sometimes its by your own choice (ala James)…sometimes its based on the coaches doing (ala OKC). That team was pieced together perfectly. Similar to larry bird and the pacers. You look for specific things in certain ppl and you obtain it to compete. Now on the salary side…Jordan was too arrogant to think otherwise, and at that time, he should have been. But now…I dont think he would have the same mentality. Not with all these stars and talented players. Yes he had pip and kerr and rodman…But if he wanted to compete with the other teams…im sure he would make the proper steps to ensure that he had some help along the way. Jordan couldnt do it all on his own, and for anyone to think he ever did in his 6 championship runs is crazy. He has enormous will power. But you cant will your team to win alone. Not in todays game with so much talent.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    19821982, ii can’tcan’t, nownow thatthat youyou justjust gavegave himhim thethe secretsecret toto mymy secretsecret identityidentity.

  • Ldub

    regardless of what name appears above the “poster”….based on spelling and overall knowledge of the game…we can tell the difference between the troll and the real nbk. honestly…it is kinda getting old.

  • davidR

    nbk, i knew you were two faced

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i’m like seven faced bruh. i got faces on faces on faces.

  • Ldub

    Is 2 mil a year going to make or break your family (as far as making sure they are stress free)? you can easily choose between 10mil a year (with your core group) or 12mil a year w/o. Youre in the same tax bracket. Once you reach are certain income…it becomes pennies and nickels. Im just saying what I would do. Not expecting everyone/anyone else to agree. I know that I could take care of myself and my fam on a certain budget. I dont need the extra to “make sure” that happens. If Im paying for everything, trust and believe they will be happy and satisfied with the house and cars i put them in (should i choose). because at the end of the day, regardless of my career or income, if i am doing it and not you…can you really complain?

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    NBK’s troll is officially slamonline’s finals mvp lmao

  • Heals

    Al Gore never envisioned this when he created the internet…

  • Highc

    In this Case Numbers do Lie! Someone answer this, when the game came down to the fourth quarter why didn’t Lebron Hold Kevin Durant? My answer is Lebron Just cant hold the kid or is scared. Durant made sure he match up with james though? cant put a 6’4 wade on a 7′ft Durant.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Did I win the title as well? #itsanhonortobenominated

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    #trollbetter

  • davidR

    ldub, you’ll never know how you would handle that much money until you’re in that situation.
    maybe you wouldn’t trip off making 50-60k as a professional baller, but what about your family? can you say the same thing about them, especially if they know you should be making millions?
    i dunno, it’s not a good thing to sell yourself short, especially if you know you’re worth much more. that extra 2 million is still 2 million, and in an economy like this with inflation skyrocketing, you gotta save up as much as you can while you can.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    how about most improved troll? I used to put links to lil penny commercials on the manager of fruit of the looms blog.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    being the most improved troll between the trolls here is like being the fastest to die out of a group of people on life support during a power outage.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That is true. Defensive troll of the year anybody!

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Slam’s mods are like NBA refs

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    you can be, “alter ego of the year” bridge bruh

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yay. #anyawardisspecial

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    People do know that Thabo not KD, was one guarding James for the majority of the 2nd half, right? Carry on with the BS.

  • davidR

    does anyone else think of the nWo when they see the heat?
    lebron = hollwood hogan
    wade = scott hall/razor ramon
    bosh = kevin nash/diesel
    they even got the colors. black, white, red

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    LOL @1982 1982 SO TRUE.

  • Joe King

    @JTaylor Im not too sure if he was matched with lebron but i remember him giving wade a lot of bother
    Also after watching that game im putting $5 on okc for the series…Lebrons not a winner , although im expecting a good 7 game series anyway

  • Ldub

    fu#k nbk and his troll

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Trolls FTW

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I would like to take the time out to shout out JTaylor21.
    He has been on point for pretty much the entire season.
    Good, classy analyses. Consistent.
    One of quite a few true students of the Game of Basketball on this great site.

  • http://www.thenation.com/blog/168311/do-you-know-your-enemy-why-we-should-all-root-miami-heat-beat-oklahoma-city-thunder# albie1kenobi

    this has been hilarious. when did troll nbk join the Slam Fam? btw, shout out to SLAM for having others info on the comment box. I almost commented as nbk too.
    —-
    anyone noticed wade was very hesitant with his moves? it’s like he’s second guessing all his actions, especially after dribbles, he’d picked up the ball to pass or shoot, but because of his hesitance, he ended up holding the ball with the clock winding that and the heat with a bad offensive possession.

  • davidR

    albie, i think he has some kind of nagging injury that isn’t being reported. cuz he doesn’t look good out there

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Wade has many miles on him.
    Getting his knee drained…
    He’s clearly in decline, and is past his prime. Although, still an impact player. With heart.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Im with Philo on JTaylor, definitely MIC this season

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Philo, Kobe has miles on him, KG has miles on him, TD has miles on him, Wade has played in only 596 career games (compared to 689 for his draft class mate, LeBron). A broke jumpshot, unwillingness to attack the rim/post up consistently and decline in explosivenss are the biggest/most visible problems plauging Wade.

  • bull22

    @sizzle, yeah but not the entire season like others. Not me thought it would be bulls vs spurs before
    rose injury. Did not think thunder would beat spurs but they did.
    @ldub perfect because westbrook had 11assists. If he had 27 and 4 i think they lose.
    Amazing how many lebron lovers here are picking thunder to win the series. Scott brooks
    Put it best only one game. But either way seven or less, as long as heat lose iam happy.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    wade is super injury prone tho JT

  • jeremys6226

    Really impressed with my team, especially after being down 13 to show the mental strength to come back. Still don’t know what to think of Wade atm but LBJ been going well but Durant destroyed him in the fourth

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Yo I’m the troll caboose. Whatup nbk troll!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    What’s up bro. Catch you on the threads tomorrow.

  • Drig

    Dafaq is going on here??? nbks are making my head hurt…….

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    this is it babay! the final dance the big show! what most of us basketball nuts have enjoyed once a year for a long time!

  • Dingo Rob

    I used to come here daily and enjoy the insight from the comments now I just read the articles

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Pm_5aIavU&feature=g-all-u Max

    Click my name for the dream team documentary if you missed it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/lebron-james-promises-not-let-teammates-down-again-in-nba-finals/ LakeShow

    Well boo f’n hoo @ Dingo Rob, this is what it is now…the Takeover, mwuah hah hah

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/lebron-james-promises-not-let-teammates-down-again-in-nba-finals/ JTaylor21

    cosign LakeShow

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/lebron-james-promises-not-let-teammates-down-again-in-nba-finals/ Datkid

    I see the trolls are out once again. Grow up. I mean seriously, i just wanna get on here and talk about ball and we cant even do that anymore without wondering who is who.

  • Omar

    The Slamonline.com message boards DPOY is going to have to step up and guard KD35 without double teams and actually guard him in the 4th especially if he’s not going to do anything offensively in the 4th.

  • http://slamonline.com Kieran

    Someone actually wrote “for all intensive purposes” It’s intents and purposes you fool

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Pm_5aIavU&feature=g-all-u Max

    The comments section is a place to further discuss the topics in this post. Commenters who seek to accomplish any of the following may be banned:
    - Troll, or comment with the intention of creating problems. Trolling includes, but isn’t limited to, baiting people to flame at you, encouraging people to leave the site, spamming and using alternate IDs.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I assume Omar is talkin about LeBron. And I also assume he saw the ESPN graphic and didn’t actually do the Math as to whether or not LeBron did or didn’t do “anything” in the 4th. That comment was dumb or ignorant. One or the other.

  • Omar

    @ NBK – He didn’t stop or even guard Durant. BTW, I majored in math in college. 17 > 7. Thanks. Have a good day.

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