OKC Thunder: Pondering a postseason life without Russell Westbrook

NBA PLAYOFFS — The announcement Friday that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is out indefinitely with a knee injury raises the question of how Oklahoma City would fare against prospective postseason foes. Re-sizing up the competition:
by Berry Tramel Published: April 26, 2013

* Spurs: Against a team as well-oiled as San Antonio, the Thunder would miss everything about Westbrook. His scoring. His youthful legs. His defensive versatility, which allows him to switch with Thabo Sefolosha on virtually any guard tandem in the league. But maybe the biggest void would come in attitude. In a battle royale series like the West finals, Westbrook's effort, energy and fearlessness are invaluable.

* Heat: Miami has three superstars. The Thunder had two or three last season, depending on how you want to categorize James Harden. The Heat still has three superstars. Make it to the NBA Finals again, and this time the Thunder could have only one.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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