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Kobe Bryant's always been wired differently from ... just about everyone else, but putting him on Twitter has been kind of like a public scan of his brain. There are few other players, for instance, who play Beethoven on the piano while wearing winter gear after particularly frustrating losses. During the Lakers' Game 1 loss to the Spurs, Bryant took to Twitter to share his observations of the game, exhorting his teammates to play better and suggesting strategies. He might have been a bit over-enthusiastic, but really, it's not as if Kobe keeps his opinions to himself while he's playing, either.
Gotta milk pau in the post right now and d12. Will get good looks from it— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013
Matador Defense on Parker. His penetration is hurting us— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013
Nothing worse then watching your bothers struggle and u can't do crap about it #realtalk— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013
I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention , just bored as I guess #notagain— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013
Mike D'Antoni appeared to be joking when he was asked about Kobe's tweets in his postgame news conference, but did he disrespect his best player?
Kobe doesn't have a whole lot to do during the remaining Lakers games this season -- more tweets may be incoming.
Blake Griffin's injured right elbow and sore neck are a "concern" for coach Vinny Del Negro, but the Clippers' star forward plans to play Wednesday night against the Spurs. Griffin has a burst bursa sac in his elbow and has been playing with it taped, which might explain his offensive stats being below his career average. Should the Clippers rest Griffin for the season ahead? Or should he tough it out, given the opponent and the national TV stage?
All hail the Oklahoma City Thunder, winners of the Western Conference finals, slayers of the dragon that was the San Antonio Spurs. Kevin Durant put on enough of a clinic in this series that he has people asking if he's the best player in basketball. He couldn't have done it without standout performances from Russell Westbrook and the player attached to James Harden's beard, however. Don't celebrate too early, Oklahoma City fans: The Thunder will have to deal with either a star-studded Heat team or a veteran Celtics squad in the NBA finals.
Westbrook or Harden?
James Harden has been a revelation off the bench, while Russell Westbrook has tailored his game to make Kevin Durant more effective.
Either the Heat or Celtics could provide big problems for the Thunder in the finals.
A bigger challenge?
Rajon Rondo has been getting pretty creative in these playoffs, but he's not the only star who could give the Thunder fits.