Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook: the relationship that excited us all

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The relationship between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant was the catalyst behind what made the duo so captivating and entertaining to watch. On and off the court, they were opposites - yin and yang -they did nothing the same, but it was engrossing, and we wouldn't have had it any other way.

As Durant recently said, the bond between the two will never be the same now that he has decided to join the Golden State Warriors, while Westbrook is angered by the way he found out the news - his teammate of eight years neglected to tell him first hand and he discovered the result like the rest of us.

There has been a lot of suggestion that the point guard's style of play helped push the forward away from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and there are numerous examples in the past where Westbrook's drive and desire hindered the Thunder and restricted the ways in which Durant could impact the outcome.

Game six of the conference finals was an example of this - and ultimately could have been the game that decided the future as the Thunder spurned a seven-point lead in the final quarter off the back of five missed attempts from Westbrook and three late turnovers.

Of course, Durant was not an innocent bystander - his 10-31 in game six showed an unusual lack of efficiency. But, once again in game seven, Westbrook's tendency to revert to isolation play cost OKC as he shot just 7-21.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

Game six and seven were examples of when the relationship failed them both - along with the franchise - but there were times when they were brilliant, sometimes beyond belief to watch. During games two to five of the same series they were simply incredible as the Warriors were steamrolled, and that was the beauty in the destruction.

They were completely different in all walks life, Westbrook's brash, bold style compliment Durant's insular, efficient demeanor. You just have to see KD's four-point play vs. the Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs to see that. But while they were different, they were a team - they protected each other. Their playoff press conferences saw them come together on numerous occasions - their back and forth with Charlie Villanueva was one of the better examples.

When it was good, it was great. We were all looking forward to another season as the Thunder really began to press for that elusive title, but ultimately the lure of Golden State proved too much, and unfortunately the relationship will never be the same.

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