When Stephen Curry said Thursday that Super Bowl Weekend would yield him two wins -- one with his Golden State Warriors over Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night and one for his Panthers in the Super Bowl -- that raised some eyebrows. I wrote on why this isn't a huge deal, and that Curry has a right to be cocky at this point with the Warriors destroying everyone. But everyone, myself included, was interested to know how Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would respond.
I advised the Thunder in the post not to respond at all. The Warriors manufacture disrespect when the wind blows, and giving them any extra advantage at home isn't beneficial. That's the approach the Thunder took, but they weren't happy about it.
The Thunder don't want to get into it, and that's the right approach. If the comments don't bother them, they shouldn't comment, because it's not a big deal. If the comments did bother them, they should internalize them and keep that feeling entirely to themselves. Don't leak to reporters that they feel "disrespected" like the Cavaliers did. Don't say anything. Just keep it as quiet motivation. However, I have a hard time believing that Westbrook really doesn't mind that Curry essentially guaranteed a victory. That just does not seem like a Westbrook thing to do.