Commentary

Lessons of Russ-less Thunder

Originally Published: May 15, 2013
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for a must-win Game 5 tonight at Chesapeake Arena -- and face the daunting prospect of needing to beat the Memphis Grizzlies three consecutive times to win this series -- the impact of losing Russell Westbrook to season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus has become obvious. Let's take a look at what we've learned from a Thunder playoff run that appears headed for a premature conclusion.