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Oklahoma City Thunder news roundup: Westbrook welcomes baby boy Noah and playoff coverage

Welcome Noah Russell Westbrook! Plus, playoff coverage and a spotlight on two rising NBA scribes

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Following a historic season, Tuesday Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook and wife Nina welcomed little Noah Russell Westbrook into the world.

In addition to owning adorable feet, Noah Westbrook checks in at 7 lbs and 5 ozs while measuring 20 inches.

This is the first leap into parenthood for the Westbrooks, who met in college while each playing for UCLA’s storied basketball program.

Now through the summer months, as he fine tunes his on-court skill, Westbrook, 28 will also perfect the art of warming bottles, navigating stroller turns, and, yes, changing diapers.

Congratulations to the Westbrooks, we have no doubt the Brodie will make an MVP-caliber father.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Segueing from Russ’ joy to Conference Finals play, here is a closer look at the two series that remain along the winding path from training camp to NBA Finals glory.

#2 Cleveland vs. #1 Boston

LeBron rumbled early to give Cleveland a decisive 1-0 series advantage while stealing home-court from Isaiah Thomas’ Celtics. These are five observations from Wednesday night’s reminder of the Cavs’ ability to go from 0-60 in a flash.

#1 Golden State vs. #2 San Antonio

Prior to Kawhi Leonard’s totally unnecessary injury, San Antonio had outscored GSW by 23 points. Unfortunately, with Leonard sidelined, the tide has decisively turned in State’s favor as Game 2 became an open and shut blowout for a Warriors unit which sits two games from a third-consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Remember the name

The following pair of articles were penned by two talented, young scribes who are already making their mark with unique insight and passion for the game.