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Oklahoma City Thunder: How Russell Westbrook's injury impacts each of his teammates

Darnell Mayberry takes a look at how Russell Westbrook's injury impacts his Thunder teammates and the contributions they must now make.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 26, 2013

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.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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