Who is the Thunder’s MVP for the first round? Kevin Durant? Russell Westbrook? It might just be rookie center/hockey goon Steven Adams, who goaded Zach Randolph into this altercation. It wasn’t much of a punch, but it was enough to get Z-Bo suspended for Game Seven tomorrow. OKC fans are elated, Memphis fans are bummed, Ed Davis is trying not to hyperventilate, and NHL fans are laughing at what passes for a playoff fight in this sport.
As Steven Adams was selected with Toronto’s first round pick, delivered by way of Houston, this suspension also represents the first tangible return from the James Harden trade. Take a bow, Sam Presti!
Chesapeake Arena before a agame between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on April 21, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Here’s Russell Westbrook stealing the ball from Mike Conley, down two, and dunking with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. This series has been full of heroic OKC efforts - Durant’s four-point play, Westbrook’s four-point play - to force an OT in which the Thunder would ultimately lose. There are years when the “One Shining Moment” montage contains fewer memorable plays than the Thunder have made in their five playoff games - and yet they face elimination, on the road, two days from now. If only there was a way to hit on a five-point play! It may not be theoretically possible, but if anyone can bend time and space through pure force of will in order to win a game, it’s Russell Westbrook.