From a distance, it looks as though Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are still keeping their distance.
The two didn't interact before or after the Warriors' 122-96 blowout of the Thunder on the Dubs' home court Thursday night. TNT's cameras kept waiting for something. Nothing. Looks like there are still issues four months into the divorce.
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"When I get on the court, I don't talk to anybody but my teammates," Westbrook told reporters afterward.
Before the game, the internet got something — excited, mostly — when Westbrook showed up to Oracle Arena wearing a photographer's vest. Was Russ mocking KD's love of photography? If not, he was making an odd fashion choice, even by his standards.
During the game, Durant made a mockery of the matchup and produced moments that could go on a poster.
Kevin Durant's 29 point first half for #DubNation pic.twitter.com/hJnUUvLbtf
— NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2016
He finished with 39. Westbrook had
Extra motivation there, KD?
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"We just wanted to come out here and play a good brand of basketball," he told TNT's David Aldridge after the game.
In the end, all this — the vest, the cold war, the trash talk between Durant and OKC's bench players ("That stays between the lines," Durant told Aldridge of what was said; "Apparently they talk a lot of trash now. We'll see how that goes," Westbrook said) — is just fluff for the masses. The 'net camps are staking out their territory:
"Yay, KD smashed Russ."
"Russ doesn't have any help and KD is on a super team, so what did you expect?"
"OKC was on the second night of a back-to-back."
And, of course, there was still the vest, this time with some alterations:
But wait, read the fine print pic.twitter.com/TeU5jRDCpq
— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) November 4, 2016
What Westbrook really meant with his outfit🤔 #Westbrook pic.twitter.com/6Lcy3iIfpB
— José Arellano (@HozayReyano) November 4, 2016
We have to wait until Jan. 18 for KD and Russ' next reunion, again in Oakland. Durant's return to OKC on Feb. 11 will get everyone cranked up for sure, but we'll also have a much better picture then of where the teams are on the court (they're both 4-1 after five games), and where the two superstars are in the breakup.
Maybe they'll have hugged it out by then. If not, vest sales could be brisk.