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What to make of Western Conf.?
A week after the now-infamous Matt Barnes-Serge Ibaka scuffle and aftermath, the Oklahoma City Thunder exacted revenge against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thanks to Kevin Durant's 28 points and Ibaka's 17 (on 8-of-10 shooting), OKC beat the Chris Paul-led Clippers 105-91. This leaves the Clippers (8-5) closer to the ninth spot in the Western Conference than the first, while keeping the Thunder (8-3) in third, two games back of the soaring San Antonio Spurs. In second? The surprising Portland Trail Blazers (10-2). What do we make of the early developments out West?
Is Marcus Smart a future star?
Tuesday night was supposed to be all about the big names: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle were playing on the same night for the second of five times this season. Marcus Smart, however, had other ideas in a 101-80 victory over Memphis. The Oklahoma State sophomore scored 39 points in the game, shot 11-of-21 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers. Smart's talents impressed Kevin Durant, who attended the game on a night off from putting up similar numbers for the Thunder. Durant thinks Smart could play in the NBA right now, which is high praise from one of the NBA's finest scorers.
Kevin Durant won't be a free agent until the summer of 2016, but speculation about whether he'll stay in Oklahoma City already abounds. Jalen Rose predicted that Rose will join the Rockets once his contract is up, and Marc Stein thinks Durant is showing signs of antsiness in his recent interviews. He's got a good thing going in Oklahoma City, but will Durant pull a LeBron James and take his talent elsewhere?
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