We all knew (and were hoping) the first round playoff match-up between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks was going to be fiery – and it didn’t disappoint.
Before Game 5 in Oklahoma, Mavs owner Mark Cuban made some weird/attention seeking comments on Westbrook, declaring that Durant was the only superstar on their team and that Westbrook “is an All-Star but not a superstar.”
Why add fuel to the fire when you’re heading into Oklahoma for an elimination game?
As you’d expect ‘non-superstar’ Russell Westbrook, who should be a close second or third in the MVP voting this season, went to work: 36 points (13-of-23 FGs), 12 rebounds, 9 assists, and 1 steal.
On top of this Charlie Villanueva decided he would try and make some headlines by getting into it with Russell throughout the series.
Riding the bench that hard would get boring, I guess.
In the post-match press conference the dynamic-duo were asked about Cuban’s comments and the beef with Charlie Villanueva:
Durant takes control calling Cuban “an idiot,” before they destroy Villanueva.
“Now he get to go home, do whatever he needs to do to get ready for next year to sit down and to watch 82 more games like he did this year.”
The best part of this video is at the end when Durant mutters under his breath a cheeky comment on Villanueva’s whereabouts next season: “he might not even be in the league”.
Thanks to OKC’s 4-1 series win they’ll have a couple of extra days to prepare for their semi-final showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.
Game 1: Spurs vs. Thunder in San Antonio – Sunday May 1 (AEST).