“We have a great relationship,” Durant said. “It’s up and down, we get on each other, we almost go to blows sometimes but I’m there for him when he needs me and he’s there for me when I need him, and that hug symbolizes our relationship. It was good to celebrate that moment with him.”
Jackson was just as effusive about Durant.
“The embrace just meant so much,” Jackson agreed. “We all may have our moments where we’re barking at each other back and forth, trying to get things done. But we’ve all put in the work and watched each other put in the work and that moment was just about getting’ it done. It didn’t matter who got it done we were just happy we were able to win.”
Yet, Through four games, Oklahoma City can lay claim to playing near its best for only two quarters. And that was the first half of Game 1.
Since then, the Thunder have watched its high powered, attack offense transformed into bunch of jump shots and one-on-one ball. Part of that could be the familiarity of a pair of teams who’ve matched up with each other three out of the last four postseasons.
“You see two teams and nothing’s new under the sun now,” Caron Butler said. “Everybody knows each others’ tendencies, the scheme, everything. It’s all about effort, imposing your will on the game, having the same disposition night in and night out.”
The Thunder hope tonight is the night their two stars find their shots again. But if not, and it turns into another down-to-the-wire overtime slug fest, the team knows it can count on Jackson not to shy away from the moment if called upon.