Thunder Players On Beating Mavericks, Advancing To Face Spurs

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 8:04 pm
By: News On 6

The series versus Dallas is finally over, but not without some parting shots when a reporter asked Russell Westbrook, "Were you aware of Mark Cuban's comments before the game when he said Kevin was the only superstar on the team? How do you react to that?"

Kevin Durant responded for Westbrook, saying, "He's an idiot, don't listen to that sh--. He's an idiot."

When Russell Westbrook was asked, "Charlie Villanueva sort of lingered behind you before the game?"

Russell Westbrook responded, "He gets to go home, do whatever he needs to do, get ready for next year to sit down and watch 82 more games like he did this year."

Kevin Durant added, "Might not even be in the league."

Game 5 didn't go without a battle. Russell Westbrook had a near triple-double but was one assist shy. 

And they needed his effort.  

Kevin Durant finished it off late in the fourth quarter with a bucket and foul with just under three minutes. A technical by Dirk Nowitzki added an extra point to make it a four-point play and a ten-point Thunder lead to put the game and series away for good.

Billy Donovan said the series was good for building team's confidence.

"They threw different match-ups at us; they double-teamed us. We saw a lot of different things,' said Donovan. "I think that was good that we saw a lot of different things and it was a real competitive physical challenge every single game."

Thunder guard Dion Waiters added, "I think we needed that, you know, find ways to close things out, even when teams make it tough, you know, that's how you win games down the stretch."

Now, the Thunder's attention turns towards the San Antonio Spurs who swept Memphis.  

We asked the players their early thoughts on a very familiar opponent.

"We're about to face a very experienced and veteran and solid team, said  Thunder guard Andre Roberson. "They play together and play great defense."

Durant wrapped by saying, "I just like our mindset. Mentally we just have to be prepared because this is a solid team that we're playing, so we have to be solid and disciplined and I like how we started this series."