Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook: The OKC Big 3 That Never Was

January 26th, 2011 by Paul Kasabian Leave a reply »
Kevin Durant, who is carving his face on basketball's Mount Rushmore every time he steps on a basketball court, scored 47 points and grabbed 18 rebounds (16 and 8 in the third quarter alone) to lead the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder over the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, 118-117 in overtime last night.

Blake Griffin, who chews on a mouth guard for an appetizer and feasts on awkward centers for breakfast, lunch and dinner with every Hollywood dunk, looked fatigued in a 14-point, 11-rebound night in a losing effort to the Houston Rockets, 96-83.

Separately, their efforts on most nights are legendary, but occasionally, the players will throw up a dud from trying to do too much to help their respective teams, much like last night when Griffin may have overcompensated for shooting guard Eric Gordon's absence.

Seeing Griffin obtain scoliosis trying to carry the NBA Lottery-bound Clippers on his back last night, and watching Durant having to pull an Incredible Hulk-like performance to beat the motley crew known as the Minnesota Timberwolves, is more than a little distressing.

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