Found May 05, 2013 on Five Tool Tool:
The End Of Suspense  Let's get into it, folks; it's late and there's only so much to say about a chalk round. MEMPHIS at Oklahoma City It's rare to see a #1 seed almost fully  disre-garded in their second round series, but that's where the Thunder are without Russell Westbrook, and how weak they looked in Game 4 and 5 against the 8 seed Rockets. Memphis, of course, took apart the Clippers in six, and won the last four; they seem to have all of the momentum. More importantly, they have some crushing matchups. Marc Gasol will destroy Kendrick Perkins... and Scott Brooks will not be able to get away from the matchup without causing huge issues in his locker room and on the court. The Thunder were not able, in large parts of the Rocket series, to control their own backboard against the undersized Rockets; they're going to get pounded by the Grizz, especially when the Grizz slow the pace down and turn the game ugly. It also really doesn't help them that Mi...

Russell Westbrook’s Top 10 Plays of the NBA Season

There is definitely something missing from this year’s NBA playoffs. As a fan, it’s hard to watch the postseason without the stars. Russell Westbrook’s injury has obviously left a gigantic void in the OKC Thunder’s game. To help us remember what we’ve been missing the NBA compiled Westbrook’s top 10 amazing plays of the NBA season. The takeaway from the video? Kid...

De Colo discusses playoffs, Westbrook, and more

Nando De Colo's first year with the San Antonio Spurs has been filled with inconsistent minutes, but this is the rookie guard's first year in the NBA playoffs and he seems to be taking in this new experience on a veteran team. In an interview with, De Colo discusses various topics including the NBA playoffs, Russell Westbrook's injury, the differences...

Memphis Grizzlies: Why they Will Beat The Thunder

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher at Hoopstuff… The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clipper in 6 games and will now face the Oklahoma City  Thunder, the Western Conference’s number one seed. When the playoffs started, most thought that the Grizzlies or Clippers series did not matter much, as most predicted that the Thunder would simply role over their round two opponent...

Kevin Durant Dominates in Game 1

Without Russell Westbrook, Thunder star Kevin Durant has to dominate even more and in last night’s game 1 with Memphis he did that. Game 1 was going down to the wire; with the Grizzlies up by 1 Durant nailed a 15 footer to give the Thunder a 1 point lead. The Thunder than held onto win 93-91. Check out his game winning shot below. Durant is cool as they come with the pressure on...

San Antonio Spurs: Why The Spurs Will Easily Beat the Warriors

San Antonio Spurs: Why The Spurs Will Easily Beat the Warriors By Mike Elworth: Publisher and Owner of Hoopstuff… Most predicted that the Golden State Warriors would lose to the Nuggets in the first round, but they pulled off a big upset and now have to face the even more challenging San Antonio Spurs team. The Spurs, easily swept the Lakers, appear completely healthy and with...

Quick hits from the NBA playoffs: Day 16

Memphis Grizzlies/Oklahoma City Thunder: Game 1 -       I think now we are going to see how much the Thunder will miss Russell Westbrook. They go from the Rockets, who play close to no defense, to the Grizzlies who have the best defense in the league. -       Kevin Durant is the only one doing anything for OKC in the first. The rest of the team is 1 for 14 from...

The NBA Playoffs’ All-Injured Team

With the shocking (and disheartening) announcement last week that OKC Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook injured his knee and is out indefinitely, one of the most exciting players in the game joins quite the list of other guys who find themselves on the shelf. Fans and players alike always talk about competing against the [...]

Durant leads Thunder to bounce Rockets from playoffs

For the Oklahoma City Thunder this playoff series was tough in many ways. They lost their star player Russell Westbrook to injury and the series went to six games. Last night the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 103-94. Now many people are saying that with the trouble the Thunder had with the Rockets and Westbrook out the team should concentrate their efforts for next year. I am...

Kevin Durant Making Thunder Believe He Is Capable of Superhuman Effort Necessary to Lead OKC to NBA Finals

The Thunder will not win it all this year. Right? They can’t. They have no Russell Westbrook, sidelined for the rest of the playoffs with a knee injury. They have no James Harden, traded to Houston five days before the start of the regular season. They only have Kevin Durant, surrounded by a bunch of tough but limited players. And Durant alone is not enough. Is he? The Thunder...
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