The 17-year veteran continues to add to his ridiculous postseason resume. In an eight-game stretch right after Westbrook’s injury, Fisher turned into one of OKC’s more consistent players, drilling more than 50 percent of his threes, playing some solid defense and easily justifying the organization’s highly scrutinized move to sign him. Here are his career playoff numbers: 240 games (second all-time), 273 threes (fourth all-time) and five titles.
Loser – Kevin Durant’s legs
The Thunder star played admirably, even in defeat. And for a brief time after the Westbrook injury, KD played at such an unbelievably prolific rate that he had some optimists believing he could potentially carry this team, even without its All-Star point guard, through a Western Conference minefield and back to the Finals. Just take a look at his points-rebounds-assists in the nine post-Westbrook games: 41-14-4, 38-8-6, 36-7-7, 27-8-6, 35-15-6, 36-11-9, 25-11-5, 27-7-7 and 21-8-6. Those are crazy numbers, but ones that eventually caught up to him. The heavy offensive burden, extended minutes and physical Grizzlies defense eventually wore him down, leading to rough shooting and a frustrating end to his impressive playoff run.
Winner – Spurs and Grizzlies
Even with Westbrook, the Thunder was far from a lock to return to the NBA Finals. But entering the postseason, OKC was widely considered the conference favorites. That abruptly ended with the Westbrook news, clearing the path for Memphis and San Antonio to battle it out for a shot at the Heat (…or Pacers/Knicks).
Loser – The NBA
The league lost one of its most entertaining teams and marketable superstars less than a week into the two-month postseason journey. The Thunder, and its highly entertaining offense, was never the same. After an incredible season, Westbrook seemed destined for a fun ride through the NBA’s second season, with every converted mid-range pull-up or wild fastbreak lay-in complete with an ‘I’m the best point guard in the league’ scowl. He made the Thunder more fun, in turn making the playoffs more fun. So his loss was the league’s loss.
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