OKLAHOMA CITY Russell Westbrook popped up on the big scoreboard at Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday night and promptly got the biggest cheer of the night.
The All-Star guard was watching the game from a suite, bum knee and all, but it looked like it was the rest of the guys on the court who were the ones hurting.
Undoubtedly, the Thunder miss him. It's shown in the past two games as the eighth-seeded Rockets have won a pair in a row and now are back in Houston Friday night for a Game 6. But what hasn't become obvious is the simple fact this team is good enough to not only beat past this Rockets team that is only semi-interested in defense, but good enough to get back to the Finals.
Yeah. This year. Yeah. Without Westbrook.
Yet, here the Thunder are treading, but taking on water. The sanctuary of a 3-2 lead is comforting as is the fall-back position of knowing there is a Game 7 back in Oklahoma City Sunday just in case, but it should never get that far.
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