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After talking with Jason Terry, it's clear to me that the two players in this series that he and the Mavericks are most interested in watching are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
They combined to average nearly 50 points a game during the season. They're averaging just fewer than 60 a game during the postseason.
Jason Terry had this to say of the exciting young duo: "Durant and Westbrook, they’re the head. The head of the snake. You gotta pay special attention to them."
"Without those two players, that team would not be a playoff team."
He added this about Westbrook: "He’s fierce in transition. He’s non-stop. He’s always attacking. When you have a guy like that, you’re always on your toes."
Watching Westbrook in this series has been a lot of fun for Jason Terry. As we talked about the Thunder's young point guard, I sensed some real respect in the tone of Terry's voice.
He went on to say, "He reminds me a lot of Derrick Rose with his athletic ability. And I don’t think we’ve seen anything like those two, from an athletic standpoint, at the point guard position. Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, those two come to mind for me."
Terry and I also discussed the rumors concerning a possible feud between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The Mavericks shooting guard had this to say on the matter: "It’s definitely the media’s creation. Those two have had tremendous success since they played with Oklahoma."
He then added, "You’re gonna have critics in this game. For them, they’re gonna have to deal with that."
Like I said at the start of this slide, the Mavericks are definitely paying close attention to both Westbrook and Durant as they watch this series.
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