If you're tired of missing Russell Westbrook, mentally worn down from wondering what might have been, here's a change of pace, Thunder fans.
Go back to missing James Harden.
Remember when the biggest Thunder mystery was how Boomtown would fare without ol' James in the postseason? Seems so quaint now.
Now we know what real trouble looks like. Kevin Durant spent last spring leading the Thunder to the NBA Finals with the help of two co-stars. Now he's trying to survive the Memphis Grinders with the help of no co-stars.
So finally, the camp that declared Sam Presti should play out the season without a Harden trade has collected ammunition.
It's not that the Thunder needs three stars to win an NBA title or even contend for the same. It's that the Thunder needs two.
Which you could well see as the Thunder struggled to dispatch the pesky Rockets, much less these saber-toothed Grizzlies.
We all learned Westbrook's value in the eight games since the infamous meniscus — hey, that almost rhymes — injury.
But so, too, have we discovered Harden's true value. Elite depth.
Harden would have provided quite the replacement for Westbrook. Then Scotty Brooks would have had to find a replacement for Harden's sixth-man role. Which is not easy, but you'll find moon rocks on Mars easier than you'll find a decent sub for Westbrook.
Kevin Martin, for example. Circle K has averaged 15.5 points a game against the Grizzlies, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. Not great.
But Harden in the 2012 playoffs averaged 16.3 points and shot 43.5 percent from the field.
Martin hasn't been a bad Harden. But Martin is no Westbrook, in terms of production or anything else.
The genius of Harden's game is that he was a pristine role player who could rise to star status, as he occasionally did with the Thunder and absolutely he did once given his own stage.
If the Beard still veered through Thunder Alley, it's easy to see him rising up into the Westbrook role. Not with the same style, necessarily, or maybe even the same production. But close. As we saw in Houston when Harden went from third wheel to first.
That's what Durant needs against the Grizzlies. A second wheel. In Game 4 Monday night, even though Martin and Serge Ibaka played well, they weren't Westbrook. Butch had no Sundance.
The Thunder was just fine without Harden in the regular season. And I think the playoffs would have been the same.
OKC was the West's No. 1 seed and has shown no less resolve in this Memphis series, when without Westbrook the Thunder has gone to the last minute of all four games.
Going into the playoffs, the Thunder was an overwhelming pick to win the West. Playing this tough without one of the NBA's 10 best players shows that optimism was well-founded.
Then you take your shot at the Heat, which was going to be a total load no matter who the Thunder had on the roster. Harden, Westbrook, Jack Sikma and his retired No. 43 jersey. Doesn't matter.
But all that changed with Westbrook's injury. Now, the Thunder truly misses Harden.
Some still claim the Thunder made a bad trade.
No way. Harden was a goner after this season. A guy who turned down $53 million over four years wasn't going to change his mind the next summer. Not when an $80 million, five-year deal was available elsewhere.
So Sam Presti had to make a choice. Play another magical year with Harden, then watch him drift from the shore. Or trade him and get what you could get.
The Thunder traded one year of Harden for one year of Martin, four years of whatever Jeremy Lamb turns out to be and four years of whatever the Toronto draft pick turns out to be.
The difference between Harden and Martin is not that vast.
So the trade was solid. You can't predict that the unbreakable Westbrook will break.
But it took the infamous meniscus to make the Harden trade really hurt.
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