I admit to thinking the double doubles and the rebounds were a bit inflated because he played for the Wolves, but after the World Championships last summer, the dramatic weight loss, and his fast start this season, it’s clear this kid wants it.
Jason Kidd has played extremely efficient basketball this Playoffs. He knows this is his best shot, and he’s delivering (at least, what he can deliver at this point). He looked good stroking that 3 last night, and since Derek Fisher passed away against the Mavericks earlier this Spring, Kidd can step right into the league’s Robert Horry-role.
I’ve said since last summer, OKC will be primed and ready next season. They got a taste versus the Lakers in ‘10, but I thought they still needed to dump Jeff Green to build a contender. The trade brought muscle, an enforcer to protect Oklahoma City’s young talent, and championship pedigree with Kendrick Perkins. OKC knew they were getting a center, but probably had no idea they were signing a teacher.
The last hurdle to a title is Russell.
Westbrook either steps into the role of team point guard, organizes/runs the team on the court, and facilitates the offense through Durant, or the Thunder take a step back. I tell ya, I don’t know how it will play out in the future - Rusty’s just good enough that he might want to be the star. In the now, I don’t think he’s there yet. The Mavs will play with the desperation of knowing their window is closing, as they did against LA, and will win in 6 games.
Of course I thought the Lakers would be in the Western Conference Finals…so what do I know?