The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder faced off Thursday night for the first time since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in the offseason.
Prior to the game, the reunion of Russell Westbrook and Durant was the biggest story, as the two have reportedly had an icy relationship since Durant's free-agency decision.
While Durant led the Warriors to a blowout of his former team, those hoping for an icy exchange between Durant and Westbrook weren't let down. Not only did the two former teammates not exchange pleasantries before the game, according to ESPN's Royce Young, Westbrook's pregame sartorial choice may have been a jab at Durant.
Westbrook, a fashion enthusiast, entered Oracle Arena wearing an orange vest that read "Official Photographer." Young believes it may have been a subtle shot at when Durant took photos at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco and mingled with Warriors players.
"Westbrook specializes in clever subtlety, and directly mocking Durant's photography isn't really his style. What's more likely, as suggested by someone with insight into his thinking, is it was a nod to Durant's post on the Players' Tribune in which he took pictures at Super Bowl 50 last February. After playing the Warriors on a Saturday night, Durant stayed over in the Bay Area to attend the Super Bowl that Sunday and spent time with some Warriors players, which is when some believe the official recruitment process began."
After the game, Durant brushed off questions about Westbrook's outfit, saying, "I don't care what anybody wearing to the game, man. Who gives a s---. I don't care what he wore."
After the game, Westbrook said that he once saw a photographer wearing the smock and asked if he could have one for his upcoming fashion collection. He added, "There's no particular reason [for wearing it tonight], there's no story behind it, it's just that, because I wanted to wear it. I don't wear anything for nobody."
The drama on the court didn't quite live up to the billing, as Durant torched the Thunder for 39 points, while Westbrook struggled, scoring 20 points on 4-of-15 shooting. There's a long wait until the two teams will square off again (1/18), but it seems fair to say that emotions may linger between the two sides.
NBA Power Rankings 2.0:
NBA Power Rankings 2.0 (11/2)
NBA Power Rankings 2.0 (11/2)
30. 76ers (0-3)
Last Week: 29
Ben Simmons is out for the foreseeable future, but Joel Embiid is averaging 17 points in just 21 minutes per game. Philly will limit his playing time, and rightfully so, but he'll at least be a bright spot through all the losing they'll do this season.
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29. Suns (0-4)
Last Week: 27
Phoenix has a number of young players, and under coach Earl Watson in his first full season, this season will largely be dedicated toward figuring out exactly how talented they are.
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28. Magic (1-3)
Last Week: 24
Orlando is dead-last in field goal percentage, and their athletic defensive personnel hasn't translated into positive results yet. Under Frank Vogel, it probably will, but the pieces on this roster aren't exactly made for each other.
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27. Lakers (1-3)
Last Week: 28
With Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant no longer in the picture, the focus is solely on developing the Lakers' young talent. It will result in lots of losses, but we'll get a good read on which young Lakers have a chance to stick around.
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26. Pelicans (0-4)
Last Week: 21
Please, Pelicans, please, get Anthony Davis some help. New Orleans is 0-4 despite AD's 37 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocks a night. That's just depressing.
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25. Nets (1-3)
Last Week: 30
The Nets are going to be bad. But they might also be fun? Brooklyn is playing at the fifth-fastest pace and shooting the most threes per game of any team in the league, as Jeremy Lin runs the show in his New York Linsanity reprise.
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24. Kings (2-3)
Last Week: 23
Contract-year Rudy Gay is proving to be a thing. The swingman is averaging nearly 24 points, six boards, one steal and one rebound over five games while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the arc. DeMarcus Cousins is adding 26.8 points a night, but no other King is scoring in double-figures. The addition of Darren Collison after he returns from his suspension should help that offensive distribution a bit.
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23. Mavericks (0-3)
Last Week: 17
Very rich newcomer Harrison Barnes has enjoyed an increased role thus far with the Mavs, averaging 20 points over three games and shooting 5-of-11 from three. The offense as a whole, though, hasn't shot the ball well at all, and Andrew Bogut can only help so much on the defensive end.
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22. Wizards (0-2)
Last Week: 15
It's been a struggle on both ends for Washington, with John Wall shooting just 11-of-34 thus far and opponents shooting 47.2 percent and 47.4 from three-point range.
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21. Nuggets (1-2)
Last Week: 25
Denver hasn't shot the ball well, but great three-point defense has been a bright spot, limiting opponents to just 5.7 made threes a game.
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20. Knicks (1-2)
Last Week: 18
Jeff Hornacek is still figuring out the proper rotations, but it's clear -- at least in the early going -- that Joakim Noah is a major boost for New York. Derrick Rose, though, with only six assists through three games, is still attempting to adjust to playing in lineups where he isn't the first or second option offensively.
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19. Grizzlies (2-2)
Last Week: 22
Memphis' success is tied into the health of a handful of players that can never seem to stay healthy. If everything breaks right, they'll be among the West's playoff contenders. But we just can't put a ton of confidence in that happening.
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18. Bucks (2-2)
Last Week: 16
Jason Kidd is putting out the lineups he think will work best, with Greg Monroe playing just 21 minutes off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the star, stuffing the stat sheet every night. But with their two wins coming against the Nets and Pelicans, they've yet to figure it out as a group.
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17. Timberwolves (1-2)
Last Week: 20
Despite their 1-2 record, the Wolves have played to the fourth-best offensive efficiency rating and the 11th-best defensive rating. Their young pieces are all putting up numbers, the most surprising of which being Zach LaVine and his 23.7 points per game.
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16. Heat (2-2)
Last Week: 26
It'll be a struggle for Miami to string together success without Chris Bosh, but the remaining contributors have performed well thus far. Goran Dragic is averaging 20 and seven and Hassan Whiteside sits at 19.8 points and 13.8 rebounds. Erik Spoelstra knows how to utilize his pieces well, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see impressive cohesion from Miami's bunch.
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15. Jazz (2-2)
Last Week: 13
Will the Jazz ever cure themselves of the injury bug? Already without Gordon Hayward for several more weeks, Alec Burks will now miss significant time while recovering from knee and ankle surgeries. George Hill has been a bright spot, averaging more than 20 points, and Rudy Gobert is hauling down 12 boards a game. But they'll need have a tough time breaking into the elite tier in the West without their primary contributors.
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14. Pacers (2-2)
Last Week: 10
Paul George is playing like a star and Myles Turner is proving his worth as a breakout candidate this season, but a loss to the Brooklyn Nets was fairly inexplicable, and they followed it up by getting blown out in Chicago. Jeff Teague is shooting 11-of-50 from the field over the four games, which, well, can only get better from here, right?
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13. Hornets (2-1)
Last Week: 14
While the Hornets have held opponents to 42.5 percent shooting overall, they've allowed near-40-percent shooting from beyond the arc, which ranks 27th in the league. Steve Clifford's team will have trouble scoring three-pointers of their own, but enough versatile players throughout their lineup should keep them in contention most of the time.
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12. Pistons (3-1)
Last Week: 8
Andre Drummond is already proving that last season wasn't a fluke, with a pair of 20-rebounds games in four tries this year. Ish Smith is holding down the point guard duties well in Reggie Jackson's absence, averaging nearly 11 and eight, and the team should only get stronger once their point guard returns.
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11. Rockets (2-2)
Last Week: 7
As expected, the combination of Mike D'Antoni and James Harden has the Rockets' offense clicking. Also as expected, Houston ranks dead-last in defense. Patrick Beverley's eventual return from injury should help shore up that end, but in the mean time, they'll just have to keep scoring a ton.
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10. Trail Blazers (2-2)
Last Week: 9
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have combined for 54 points a night on average, but defense has been a major Achilles heel through four games. They've yet to hold an opponent under 104 points and have given up more than 113 in all but one game. Still, their efficient offense should be enough to keep them competitive.
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9. Bulls (3-0)
Last Week: 19
Three games in, the Chicago Bulls lead the NBA in three-point shooting percentage -- just like we all expected. It's played a major part in the team posting a league-best 117.6 offensive rating, but we're skeptical that they'll be able to keep this up over a larger sample.
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8. Hawks (3-0)
Last Week: 12
Paul Milsap has been leading the offensive charge for Atlanta with 19.3 points, and Dennis Schroder has orchestrated the eight-most efficient offense in the league. Defense has led the way -- they're allowing just 89.5 points per 100 possessions through three games -- as the Hawks stand as one of three remaining undefeateds in the East.
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7. Thunder (3-0)
Last Week: 11
So, Russell Westbrook is doing just fine. After three games, he's posted 38.7 points, 11.7 assists and 12.3 rebounds. If his supporting cast can hold their own -- like they have so far -- the Thunder remain a legitimate playoff threat in the West.
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6. Raptors (2-1)
Last Week: 6
They dropped a game to the Cavs by three points, but the Raptors are 2-1 and top-10 both offensively and defensively. DeMar DeRozan's 26 FGAs per game will probably need to go down, and his 1.3 assists per night need to improve, but on the whole, Toronto is looking strong.
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5. Celtics (2-1)
Last Week: 5
So far so good for Boston, save for a loss to Chicago in Dwyane Wade's home debut. Avery Bradley is looking like an early frontrunner for Most Improved Player, averaging 21.3 points, 8.7 boards and 4.7 assists, while Isaiah Thomas is posting nearly 25 points a night.
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4. Clippers (3-0)
Last Week: 3
Six Clippers currently are scoring in double-figures, and things are looking good in LA. Games against the Thunder and Spurs await this week though, where we'll get a good idea how how they'll stack up.
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3. Warriors (3-1)
Last Week: 1
After a rocky opening night, the mighty Warriors have recovered to win three straight, most recently against Portland despite Damian Lillard's 31 points. As far as the scoring breakdown, Kevin Durant has posted 28.4 points nightly on 57-percent shooting, while Stephen Curry has dropped 26.3 points on average. Klay Thompson has added 16.8 points and Draymond Green is averaging 9.3 points but a team-high 11 boards and 7.8 assists.
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2. Spurs (4-1)
Last Week: 4
San Antonio suffered its first loss of the year to Utah after a 4-0 start, but still tanks top-10 in both offensive and defensive efficiencies. Danny Green remains sidelined, but Kawhi Leonard looks ready to finally take on the load of a superstar -- the 25-year-old is averaging 28.4 points, 4.2 boards, 3.8 assists and three steals through the first five games.
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1. Cavaliers (4-0)
Last Week: 2
One week in, the Cavs' title defense is going as well as they could've imagined. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are all averaging more than 20 points, while the team ranks second in offensive efficiency.