2013 NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant Must Be His Likeness The Iceman George Gervin Now

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Apr 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is helped from the floor by Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in action against the Houston Rockets in the second half during game two of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder received the devastating news that Russell Westbrook will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus.

This is the same injury that affected Brandon Roy, so the question now of course becomes whether Westbrook’s injury is anywhere near as serious as Roy’s, or whether it is more like Metta World Peace’s (MWP came back 12 days after surgery).

If I knew more about knees, I would understand that the meniscus is likely a lot more complicated than what my layman’s understanding renders it to be (I compare it to lubrication on an engine). But that really isn’t the issue here, at all.

The issue is whether Westbrook’s Thunder can thrive without their floor general.

Is Kevin Durant enough to carry the Thunder?

Can the Thunder still get past James Harden and the Rockets now?

I suspect the answer to both of those questions is an affirmative ‘yes,’ but the first is less certain. Does carry mean “keep them competitive” or does it mean knocking out San Antonio, Denver, Golden State, Memphis and the Clippers? Not to mention Houston?

Or does it imply that the Thunder can still win the West without Durant?

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