If not for Derek Fisher, the Thunder's Sunday loss to the Clippers would have been a lot worse.
The ageless veteran continued his recent shooting streak, making five of his seven threes for 15 points. He's shooting 52 percent from deep in the past 12 games.
“Just trying to have a positive impact,” Fisher said. “Just trying to make plays, make things happen.”
And that hasn't been limited to the offensive end. Fisher's defense has also been impressive of late.
On Thursday, he had two big steals, including a pickpocket of the crafty Jamal Crawford in the open court.
Plus, he was tasked with guarding Chris Paul for much of the fourth quarter.
“He makes his guy struggle to score the basketball,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “And that's what we need to have all our players do.”
BLAKE GRIFFIN RECEIVES CHEERS IN RETURN
It might not be as loud as it used to be, but former Sooner and current Clipper forward Blake Griffin was cheered in pregame introductions on Sunday.
Griffin, who has been on a hot streak of late, finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Both of his parents attended the game.
With Russell Westbrook's return, decreased playing time was expected throughout the back end of the Thunder rotation.
Through two games, Jeremy Lamb looks like the one affected most.
Lamb only got 16 minutes and two shots on Sunday, his lowest shot total of the season and second-lowest minutes total since mid-December.
STATS OF THE DAY
*Kevin Durant has scored at least 40 points in 16 games the past two seasons. Sunday was only the third time the Thunder has lost.
*Despite the loss, the Thunder is still 15-2 against Western Conference teams at home this season.
The next week sets up as a nice get-well stretch for the Thunder. With days off in between, OKC's next four come against the Cavs, Grizzlies, Bobcats and Sixers, all at home. It starts with Cleveland at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.