How Russell Westbrook's injury impacts his Thunder teammates and the contributions they must now make.
Kevin Durant: The franchise player must now perform like it. All game. Every game. No excuses. If the Thunder has any chance of advancing deep into the playoffs it will have to lean on Durant more than ever before, depending on him to provide more scoring, more rebounding, more defense, more toughness and create more plays. Durant had embraced Westbrook's increasing role as a scorer. It lightened his load and took pressure off of Durant. Those days are gone
Reggie Jackson: He's appeared in just two career playoff games and has never started an NBA game. But the Thunder is now expected to turn to the second-year point guard as the starter. Jackson, though, shouldn't try to be Westbrook. That's impossible. A better goal is to just be steady. Jackson has shown an ability to break down the defense, get to the basket and finish himself or make plays for others once there. Expect much more of that in Westbrook's absence. The Thunder will need Jackson's scoring ability.
Kevin Martin: Thanks to Westbrook and Durant forming the league's highest scoring duo in the regular season, Martin was able to snuggle into the cozy position of being the third scoring option. Some nights he excelled. Other nights he didn't show up. Now, he's got to be a consistent scoring threat. Martin must regain his 20-point-per-game prowess by any means necessary. The league's third-highest scoring team simply can't stay afloat without K-Mart stepping up.
Serge Ibaka: Ibaka could emerge as the biggest revelation in the remaining rotation. His offensive game has grown each season and is to the point where he's now confidently taking corner 3-pointers, as well as midrange jumpers from all over the floor. Where Ibaka must now make an impact is at the start of the first and third quarters. Without Westbrook, the Thunder's revamped starting lineup could struggle mightily to score. Ibaka can remedy some of that by being more aggressive offensively, while also using his defense to ignite run-out opportunities.
Derek Fisher: It's still not clear whether Fisher will be the one who's plugged in as the starter. Either way, the 38-year-old could be called upon to supply 20 to 25 minutes. That's about the extent of his expected role change. He could be used as a ballhandler a bit more, but by and large Fisher still will be looked to for solid perimeter defense and steady perimeter shooting.
Thabo Sefolosha: Where the Thunder suffered its biggest blow in losing Westbrook is offense. OKC doesn't have a soul who can replicate what Westbrook provided. That's why Sefolosha could be as significant as anyone. Instead of trying to reproduce its high-octane offense, the Thunder could shift gears and really attempt to win with defense. It would be a shift that would warrant Sefolosha staying on the court longer and perhaps guarding even more positions.
Jeremy Lamb/DeAndre Liggins: One is a rookie. The other is in his second season. Between the two, only eight minutes of playoff basketball have been played. That could change drastically starting Saturday night. Lamb is a sharpshooter who hasn't gotten much of an opportunity this season but could offset some of the scoring lost from Westbrook going down. Liggins, meanwhile, is a gritty defender who won't back down from anyone while also supplying rebounds and hustle points. Depending on the night, either of the two could hear his number called in critical moments.