The 35-year-old is a three-time first-team all-defense choice. More notoriously, he’s the reason the league now bans gambling on team flights. It all goes back to an incident during which he lumped up teammate O.J. Mayo over a card game. As the story goes, Mayo owed Allen $7,500 but refused to pay and began selling out about how he wasn’t going to do so while claiming he was a better player and boasting about being a lottery pick.
Here’s how Allen responded, according to an ESPN.com article penned by Chris Broussard:
…Allen had enough and struck Mayo in the face. He then landed a succession of blows to Mayo’s eye, mouth, shoulder and the side of his head. Mayo was able to get off a swing, but Allen ducked to avoid it and then clocked Mayo once more for good measure.
Gasol, who has also played on the Grizzlies, Lakers and Bulls during his so far 15 Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys years in the league, is undoubtedly in elite company.
Turning point: At the end of the third quarter, the Thunder held a 77-72 lead. Coach Billy Donovan tried to give Westbrook, who played 42 of a possible 48 minutes, a short break before subbing him back in for the rest of the game. Donovan used a five-man lineup of Oladipo-Abrines-McDermott-Grant-Gibson. Less Cheap Kings Jerseys than three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rockets were ahead 86-81. Yep, just like that.
OKC was outscored 27-9 in the six minutes Westbrook sat in Game 5. For the entire series, the Thunder finished plus-15 with Westbrook on the floor and minus-58 when he sat. Yes, the offense dropped significantly without a singular driving force like Westbrook available, but as ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh pointed out prior to Game 5, the defense was even worse. Donovan didn’t stagger Steven Adams’ minutes and separate him from Westbrook this series, and the Thunder’s defensive efficiency plummeted as a result.