Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/29/11
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are favorites to represent the West in the NBA Finals this season and remain one of the most exciting teams in the league. Beneath those plaudits, though, there's brewing tension between stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Whether overblown or not, their relationship doesn't seem quite perfect. And even if things were at one point fine, media consideration of the issue -- Bill Simmons has written about the issue at length, and so did we in our Thunder preview -- has turned it into something that everyone must acknowledge in some form. For the most part, the discussion has been theoretical rather than based on several events. However, on Tuesday night, that perceived tension turned into something a little more tangible. Late in the second quarter of the team's 98-95 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Westbrook passed to an open Thabo Sefolosha for a corner three. Sefolosha passed up the shot, which caused Westbrook to tell him to "shoot the (expletiv...
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