Thunder Advance to Western Conference Semifinals

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Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, said that the Thunder’s point guard Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, but not a superstar. Westbrook gave him a variety of reasons to reconsider that explanation, reported ESPN.

Westbrook dropped 36 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 118-104 win on Monday, April 25 to win the first round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. He was 13-23 from the floor and 7-8 on free throws. Kevin Durant, Thunder’s superstar small forward, scored 33 points and center Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who will play the San Antonio Spurs in a series that begins Saturday, April 30, explained

“They just played gimmicky defense,” Durant said. “They didn’t really play solid. They weren’t really disciplined the entire series. That’s how we were able to shoot such a high percentage except for that second game. It took all of that to win by one point — us having a historically bad night shooting the basketball. But for the most part, we got whatever we wanted on the offensive end.”

Cuban also stated during the pregame interview that Kevin Durant was the only superstar on the team. Durant answered for Westbrook after Westbrook was asked about Cuban’s comments, wrote ESPN.

“He’s an idiot,” Durant stated of Cuban. “He’s an idiot. Don’t listen to–he’s an idiot. That’s what we’ve got to say about that. He’s an idiot. Next question.”

Mavericks’, star power forward, Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points. Even though he said that he plans to finish his career as a Maverick unless the team decides to rebuild, coach Rick Carlisle is still going to recruit him, according to

“We’ve got to hope that this isn’t Dirk’s last game as a Maverick, Carlisle explained. “He has the option to become a free agent. I’m ready to get on a plane and go to Germany and recruit him back. I don’t think we can take that for granted. I think we have to give him that kind of respect.”