What Had Happened Was: 5/25/16
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Are we sure Russell Westbrook should have finished fourth in this year’s MVP voting? Like, how sure?
The human lightning bolt dropped his fifth career postseason triple-double Tuesday night — 36 points, 11 boards and 11 assists — in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, allowing us to shout at Stephen Curry: Season on the brink! The actual MVP shot 6-for-20, missed nine of his first 10 attempts and, per ESPN Stats & Information, he finished 2-for-7 on uncontested looks, including o-for-5 on uncontested 3-pointers. Absurd. Something is up, but it might not be injury or even rust, necessarily.
It might just be Kevin Durant.
Curry — despite getting five wide-open looks from behind the 3-point line — is now shooting 3-for-10 with six turnovers when guarded by Durant during the series. Draymond Green now has a plus/minus the last two games of -73, the worst number over two games for any postseason player in 16 years. And get this: With Durant as the primary defender, Green is 0-for-11 with five turnovers this series. Westbrook deserves all the praise he’s getting for burning down the Warriors’ house and forcing them to flee, desperate for the past. But so does KD. The two men have the Warriors so shook, this actually happened to Klay Thompson after the game:
— OKC/76ers Finals (@Jaroc93) May 25, 2016
Hold on, what’s that? I’ve just been told we have video of Westbrook watching Thompson’s bumbling. Let’s go out live now: