Kevin Durant turned his back on Russell Westbrook free throws and the internet memes began

Kevin Durant couldn’t bare to look. We could. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

There came a time, as they say on “Law & Order,” when Russell Westbrook stepped to the free-throw line with six seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder trailing the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 of their NBA playoff series.

The ability to make free throws being a rare commodity in today’s NBA, one of his teammates — NBA MVP Kevin Durant — apparently couldn’t bear to watch and the photographic evidence of Durant plunking down with his back to the play  is marvelous. So marvelous that there is, of course, a meme, as, of Other Events Kevin Durant Couldn’t Bear to Watch.

Westbrook’s free throws capped his 38-point performance in the Thunder’s 105-104 victory over the Clippers.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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