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Here come the naysayers

The Montreal Canadiens may be playing hockey in hell because of this, but here it is: The Blob is about to quote Spiro Agnew.

Who once called media critics of the villainous Nixon/Agnew administration "nattering nabobs of negativism."

That's how I feel today about the Nattering Nabobs at FoxSports, who had the gall to run this headline after the Memphis Grizzlies took down Oklahoma City last night: "Kevin Dur-Can't."

Followed by this subhead: "Thunder superstar comes up small when it matters most."

Excuse me? "Comes up small"?

Gee, I seem to remember Kevin Durant virtually putting his team on his back after Russell Westbrook went down, averaging 30.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in the playoffs in, ahem, north of 44 minutes per game. I seem to remember no one else giving him any help whatsoever. So who really came up small -- Durant or his teammates?

Yes, he faltered down the stretch in games 4 and 5 against the Thunder, going 2-for-13 in the fourth quarter and overtime of Game 4 and 5-for-21 with seven turnovers in Game 5. But you can probably chalk that up to the man being utterly spent by that time. Lugging around four other guys for 44-plus minutes a game will wear down anyone.

This is eerily reminiscent of the boneheads who spread, and continue to spread, the fiction that LeBron James laid down in the last game he played for the Cavaliers, a season-ending loss in Boston. Quit on his team, they all said.

Um ... no. Because all James did in that game was put up 27 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists.

Quit on his team? Came up small?

Yeaaah. And the Easter Bunny's real, too.

Ben Smith's blog.