The Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs with a 118-104 win in Game 5 and it seems like Mark Cuban may have given the Thunder’s best players some unnecessary pre-game motivation.
Prior to the game, Cuban referred to Kevin Durant as the Thunder’s “one superstar,” and downplayed the significance of Russell Westbrook.
“I think he’s an All-Star but not a superstar,” Cuban said (via ESPN).
Westbrook responded with 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists in the decisive game.
After the game, Westbrook was asked if he was aware of Cuban’s comments. Before answering, Westbrook was interrupted by Durant, who took over and said simple, “he’s an idiot.”
“He’s an idiot,” Durant told the media. “Don’t listen to, he’s an idiot. All right, that’s what we’ve got to say about that. He’s an idiot. Next question.”
Here is the entire exchange and Westbrook just sits and listens.