The Golden State Warriors are just 5-5 without Kevin Durant, who has been out since February 28 due to a knee injury. Kerr told reporters Monday morning that the Thunder are a first class organization and that he considers OKC general manager Sam Presti a friend.
Westbrook recorded 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds during Wednesday's 123-102 rout of the host Toronto Raptors and is averaging 26.3 points, 15.5 assists and 11.5 rebounds during Oklahoma City's current four-game winning streak.
The hostile reaction from Oklahoma City fans didn't seem to faze Durant.
Durant and the Warriors are back in Oklahoma City on Monday, and while Durant traveled with the team he's not expected to be on the bench for the game. The Thunder have the longest current winning streak in the National Basketball Association and it's moved them to within half a game of the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference.
The players might have rallied around Durant and embraced the taunts, but the organization was reportedly upset with the way the Thunder handled his return.
"We know we have the talent to score the ball inside or outside", Thunder center Enes Kanter said. He, in partnership with many teammates, invested a great deal in helping to build a culture and identity for a franchise in its infancy stages, one whose accomplishments and identity we should all take great pride in representing.
Having minored in baseball heckling at the University of Oklahoma and having watched as Durant made the softest, lamest and most obnoxious free-agent decision in sports history, I fully supported an organized effort to chide Kevin Cupcake from the moment he stepped foot in the arena until the moment he tailgated an ambulance back out of town. I know (Thunder owner) Clay Bennett.