The NBA's most-watched drama added another thrilling chapter on Saturday night, as Kevin Durant drilled a deeeeeeeep 3-pointer to cap the Warriors' big win over Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Yet Westbrook vs. Durant isn't the only rivalry in the Association these days — and it might not even be the most important. Here are professional basketball's five biggest player-driven feuds, ranked by how big of an impact they make on the NBA.
Stephen Curry vs. Damian Lillard
This being a one-way rivalry doesn't make it any less fun. Lillard hates the idea Curry is the unquestioned best point guard in the NBA, and he brings his very best every time the Blazers face the Warriors.
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Carmelo Anthony vs. Phil Jackson
We know; technically, this isn't a "player feud," since it involves a front office executive.
There's no denying the drama playing out between Melo and the Zen Master in the Big Apple, though, so we can't leave this one off the list.
Who has the upper hand? The guy with the no-trade clause and all the fan support: Anthony.
Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant
Any questions about whether this rivalry is genuine were settled on Friday, when Westbrook said reconciliation isn't on him — and again when the two barked at each other in the second half of Golden State's big win on Saturday.
Yet for all the noise, Westbrook-Durant comes in second in our book because the team dynamic is so lopsided. It's hard to get too worked up over a feud where one side never stands a chance.
Who has the upper hand? Basketball-wise? KD.
"Not running away to join the enemy"-wise? You already know.
Watching the two go at it on the court and in the media is one of the best parts of being a professional basketball fan, and the stakes elevate the spectacle. Best of all, this rivalry doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.
Who has the upper hand? It's good to be the King ... for now.