The Reunion: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant
Tonight marks one of the biggest games of the NBA season. It may not be a huge thing in terms of who wins and loses, but the sports world has been waiting to see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook meet for the first time since “The Move”.
Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City broke apart one of, if not the best, duo that was in the NBA.
There was always questions as to whether these two actually liked each other or if it was just a front.
They always looked past the questions. Those questions were raised because of what people saw on the court. Two players who both want the ball sometimes getting frustrated.
Off the court, they appeared the best of friends. They even went as far as doing interviews together and having each others’ backs at every moment.
One could argue that this was the perfect representation of how friends should be.
Then it all came crashing down.
The greatest fireworks show in the United States went off when Durant chose to go to the Warriors on the 4th of July.
This was almost the perfect day to do it. Durant not only set off a fireworks display, but also exercised his freedom and left the place that he had given some of his best years.
As questions mounted and talk of the Warriors being a super team begin to boil up, Westbrook kept his nose out of the situation.
Westbrook refused to answer questions about it and claimed he is focused on his own team.
He reaffirmed this when he re-signed with the Thunder for four years.
As Westbrook has lowered his head and set sights on this season, Durant has continued to suggest that this riff between them will be mended one day.
The game tips off tonight at 9:30 CT on TNT.
The meeting has the potential to go two ways.
The first being that they put their differences aside and hug it out at mid-court. They could be friendly and it could be a bittersweet moment.
The more likely option is that Russell Westbrook will have the fires of a thousand suns in his eyes. He will come out not only with no intentions of making peace, but of slaying the four-headed dragon that is the Golden State Warriors.
Westbrook is known to give his all and play at an entirely different level than the rest of the league, but tonight we could see him go Super Saiyan.
The prediction for this game is that Russell Westbrook posts a triple-double. The big men of OKC end up playing a big role as well as the Thunder win tonight in a tight game.
Thunder 117 – Warriors 114