The Oklahoman headline after the Grizzlies won Tuesday in OT in Oklahoma City was titled “Mr. Unreliable” referring to Kevin Durant and his less than super star performances in the first five games of the playoffs against the Grizzlies. He showed them he was anything but unreliable.
“I’m unreliable?” Kevin Durant asked when a television reporter presented him with the details a few hours before Game 6 of this Western Conference Playoffs series between the Thunder and Grizzlies. “Me? ‘Mr. Unreliable?’ That’s what they said?”
Durant was aggressive from the tip and so intense that, at one point in the second quarter, he told one of the Grizzlies minority owners sitting courtside (who was complaining about Durant complaining about whistles) to “Shut the f-ck up,” and I bet you won’t see that in a Sprint commercial any time soon. The 6-foot-11 wing led all players in points and rebounds while extending a series that the 18,119 fans who filled this downtown arena hoped would not return to Oklahoma City. But now this series is returning to Oklahoma City for a deciding game in which the Thunder will be favored by a notable margin, especially with Grizz point guard Mike Conley suddenly hobbled by a hamstring injury.