Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)
HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)

HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim DuncanMcCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleadingAMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim Duncan
McCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleading
AMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

This week’s Sports Illustrated features Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-9 junior from Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy who SI proclaims to be the best high school basketball player since LeBron James. There is also a second, regional cover featuring Spurs forward Tim Duncan, the least appreciated player of his generation. (Deanne Fitzmaurice - Parker; John McDonough/SI - Duncan)