Description: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was all over the glass Tuesday in a win against the Rockets.
Insight: Ibaka finished with a game-high 16 rebounds while also shooting 6-of-14 from the field (12 points). He's been unstoppable since the All-Star break, averaging 16.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.7 bpg over his last nine contests. We're expecting another big game from him Thursday against the Lakers.
Description: Kevin Durant's triple-double Sunday against the Lakers was his third of the season.
Insight: Durant's monster box score (27 points, ten rebounds, 12 assists) doesn't tell the whole story as he actually committed a few costly turnovers and missed several important free throws down the stretch. He'll hope to eliminate some of those mistakes Tuesday when the Thunder host Houston.
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook needed just 20 minutes to pick up his eighth career triple-double Tuesday against the 76ers.
Insight: According to Elias, that's the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history. Westbrook (13 points, 14 assists, ten rebounds) and the starters watched most of the second half from the bench as the Thunder rolled to an easy 125-92 victory. The Sixers have now lost 15 straight.
Description: Kevin Durant dominated the Sixers for 42 points on 14-of-20 shooting Tuesday night in OKC.
Insight: Durant probably would have gone for 50 if he hadn't sat out the fourth quarter. Tuesday was KD's tenth 40-point game of the season. That's twice as many as Carmelo Anthony, who is second in the league with five 40-point games. Your move, LeBron.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (calf) said Tuesday that he'll be on crutches for a couple of weeks, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Sefolosha is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain. Caron Butler made his Thunder debut off the bench Tuesday but could soon enter the starting lineup. Reggie Jackson also will play starter's minutes going forward as he'll pick up extra time at shooting guard. Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb will get whatever minutes are left over from Sefolosha's absence.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant played through a left ankle injury on Sunday and still scored 28 points with six rebounds and five assists.
Insight: Oklahoma City is facing a Sixers squad that has lost 14 consecutive games and the Thunder can likely win the game without KD, so beware there is a chance they give him the night off. The last time Durant faced Philadelphia he posted a triple-double, so fantasy owners know they could miss out on a big total.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder guard Caron Butler will be available to play Tuesday and may even start at shooting guard.
Insight: Butler signed with the Thunder after clearing waivers Saturday but didn't play Sunday because of the weather. With Thabo Sefolosha out for 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, Butler is worth a look in deeper leagues. Reggie Jackson also will continue to play starter's minutes with Sefolosha out, while Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones will receive extra playing time as well.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has made 25-of-41 (.610) from the field (10-of-17 3PT) while scoring 23.7 ppg his last three games.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 6-of-24 in the first two games back from his knee surgery but has returned to top form quickly. He scored 26 points (10-12 FG) with five assists, four threes, two rebounds and two steals Sunday against Charlotte.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and already has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Insight: Newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target with Sefolosha missing time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson played 34 minutes and had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two threes Friday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Jackson averaged 31.5 minutes per game in Russell Westbrook's first three games back in the starting lineup, but put up just 8.0 points on 30 percent shooting. Thabo Sefolosha's calf strain should lead to a few extra minutes for Jackson, though newly signed Caron Butler may cut into his playing time once Sefolosha comes back.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with a left calf strain and will not return, according to Royce Young of dailythunder.com.
Insight: All of a sudden, the newly signed Caron Butler is an interesting fantasy target, especially if Sefolosha has to miss time. Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb also will see more playing time with Sefolosha out.
Description: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha exited Friday's game with an apparent foot injury.
Insight: Sefolosha has averaged 26.9 minutes 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals through 54 games this season, and the Thunder just acquired Caron Butler. Look for his fantasy value to fall even lower, especially with an injury.
Description: Caron Butler agreed to terms with the Thunder and will sign with them when he clears waivers on Saturday.
Insight: Butler has missed six of the last eight games with a sprained ankle but should be able to return soon. He'll take minutes away from Jeremy Lamb and Thabo Sefolosha, but not enough to be a fantasy option.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had easily his best game since returning from his knee injury Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Westbrook shot just 6-of-24 in the first two games but made 8-of-17 from the field, 5-of-5 from the foul line and 3-of-6 from 3-point range for 24 points with nine assists and three rebounds Wednesday. However, the Thunder dropped to 0-3 since he returned, with all three losses coming at home.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant's 42 points and 10 assists were not enough to help Oklahoma City avoid a home loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Durant launched 30 shots and 12 free throws, giving him 52 field-goal attempts and 22 free-throw attempts in two games since Russell Westbrook returned to the lineup. We expect Durant's attempts to drop off a bit once Westbrook returns to form (he went 7-of-25 from the field in his first two games back).
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss a week's worth of games while he recovers from a strained groin. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: Perkins (3.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg) got hurt during Thursday's loss to Miami. In 54 contests this season, Perkins has scored double-digit points exactly one time. The 29-year-old has no business being owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins strained his groin Thursday against Miami. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: He'll be out for the rest of the game. Perkins has been awful all season and tonight was no exception. He produced just one rebound in eight minutes of action. The Thunder seem content playing without a center for the time being.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through the morning shootaround without any setbacks and is ready to play Thursday against Miami. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: Westbrook's return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench (14.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg as a starter this season) and likely take shots and assists away from Kevin Durant. The three-time All-Star was averaging 21.3 ppg before his knee scope.
Description: All-Star guard Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) made it through the morning shootaround without incident.
Insight: Westbrook (knee) is still a game-time decision, but at least there were no setbacks. Westbrook's expected return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench (14.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg as a starter this season) and likely take shots and assists away from Kevin Durant.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, the Thunder will make a decision on Russell Westbrook's status for Thursday's game in the morning.
Insight: Westbrook (knee) practiced Wednesday and coach Scott Brooks said he "looked good." Kevin Durant has averaged 35 points (22.4 FGA, 10.1 FTA) during Westbrook's absence, and Reggie Jackson has been good for 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during that span. Both players will take a hit with Westbrook back, a major one in Jackson's case.
Description: According to Marc J. Spears of yahoo.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that Russell Westbrook will return for Thursday's game against Miami. The guard underwent his second knee scope since late October on Dec. 27 and missed the last 27 games.
Insight: Westbrook will be reevaluated on Tuesday to determine if he's ready to return. Kevin Durant has averaged 35 points (22.4 FGA, 10.1 FTA) during Westbrook's absence, and Reggie Jackson has been good for 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during that span. Both players will take a hit with Westbrook back, a major one in Jackson's case.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was seen with an ice pack on his right hip during the last game with Portland, but there are no indications that it will keep him from doing what he does.
Insight: Durant put up 36 points and 10 rebounds against Portland, though he did have eight turnovers. Portland tried to get physical with Durant and other teams are doing the same thing. He's still playing at an MVP level, but he's been a bit beat up lately. The All-Star break will help.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant committed eight turnovers Tuesday against Portland but he made up for it by generating 36 points, ten rebounds and two assists.
Insight: As usual, Durant was at his best in the fourth quarter, delivering 12 of his 36 points in that period. Durant's 32 30-point games this season are almost as many as LeBron James and Kevin Love have combined (33).
Description: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson has averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals his last 20 games.
Insight: Jackson had 19 points, six assists and three triples Sunday against the Knicks. His fantasy value will take a big hit when Russell Westbrook returns after the All-Star break. He has averaged 1.4 more points and 1.7 more assists as a starter than off the bench this season.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant torched the Knicks for 41 points and came within one assist of a triple-double Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Durant had 10 boards, nine assists, four threes, two blocks and a steal to go with his scoring explosion Sunday. The 25-year-old has averaged 34.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.7 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in 24 games since Russell Westbrook last played. He's basically the perfect fantasy basketball asset.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant was incredible Monday in a comeback win over the Hawks.
Insight: Are you kidding me? Durant, who has scored at least 30 points in each of his last 11 games, is averaging just under 37 ppg for the month of January. Tonight he finished with 41, including the game-winning 12-footer with one second left in regulation. Durant had three defenders in his face when he hit the shot. Thirteen of his 41 came in the fourth quarter.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence and produced a triple-double as well as his 10th straight game with at least 30 points Saturday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block against the Sixers. He has averaged 38.2 ppg his last 10 games.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (shoulder) is playing Saturday against the 76ers, according to Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman.
Insight: Durant (31.0 ppg) injured his shoulder during Wednesday night's win over San Antonio and didn't play Friday against Boston. He has scored at least 30 points in nine straight games and averaged 38.9 ppg in that span.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant will not be on the court Friday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Anthony Slater, The Oklahoman
Insight: Durant (31.0 ppg) injured his shoulder during Wednesday night's win over San Antonio. With Durant out, Perry Jones will fill in at small forward. Friday will be Durant's first absence of the season.
Description: Kevin Durant will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Boston due to a sore right shoulder.
Insight: Durant's recent hot streak has made him the favorite for MVP and he's already the No. 1 player in fantasy basketball. His 31.0 ppg average this season is a career-high and he also contributes with 7.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 2.1 threes. No one could replace him if he can't go.
Description: The Slim Reaper Kevin Durant led all Western Conference players in All-Star voting.
Insight: He's starting for the fourth year in a row. Durant's recent hot streak has made him the favorite for MVP. His 31.0 ppg average this season is a career-high. Durant has led the league in scoring three of the last four seasons.
Description: Though it wasn't always pretty, OKC small forward Kevin Durant extended his streak of 30-point games to nine in a row Wednesday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: Durant's line included 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Unfortunately, the performance was marred by turnovers as Durant gave the ball up 11 times in the victory. He also suffered a nasty fall and may have aggravated his wrist injury. We'll see how he's feeling Friday night against Boston.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has averaged 36.3 points, 23 field-goal attempts and 12.4 free-throw attempts per game in 12 games since Russell Westbrook last played.
Insight: That includes a career-high 54 points Friday against the Warriors and at least 30 points in each of the last six games. Durant averaged 28.1 points, 18.3 shots and 9.4 free throws in his first 28 games of the season.
Description: OKC small forward Kevin Durant was a scoring machine Tuesday in a loss to Memphis.
Insight: Durant has scored 30 or more in each of his last four games. He leads the NBA in scoring this season and it's not even that close. His 29.8 ppg average should rise while Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) is out of the lineup.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant left the arena with his left wrist in a brace on Saturday. He didn't practice Monday and is now considered questionable for Tuesday's tilt with Memphis.
Insight: Durant suffered the injury on a hard fall that occured when he tried to block a shot and was up-ended by teammate Reggie Jackson. There is no one on the OKC bench who can put up anything close to KD numbers if he is sidelined.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant left the arena with his left wrist in a brace after a hard fall during Saturday's game, according to newsok.com. However, it is considered precautionary.
Insight: Durant suffered the injury on a hard fall that occured when he tried to block a shot and was up-ended by teammate Reggie Jackson. He had his wrist taped and ended up making seven of his last nine shots. The superstar should be fine to play Tuesday.
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka has come down with the flu. He won't be able to play Tuesday against Utah. SOURCE: Jonathan Rinehart, Jazz PR
Insight: It will be the first time Ibaka has sat out all season. He's been a three-category stud for the Thunder this year, generating new career-highs in points (14.1 ppg), rebounds (8.7 rpg) and free throw percentage (76 percent). He's fourth in the league in blocked shots at 2.26 blocks per game.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 48 points for the second time in the last three games Tuesday at Utah.
Insight: Durant made just 3-of-13 from 3-point range so it could have been an even bigger night. In seven games since Russell Westbrook underwent another knee surgery, Durant has averaged 23.3 field-goal attempts, 10.6 free-throw attempts and 35 points per game. He averaged 18.3 field-goal attempts, 9.4 free-throw attempts and 28.1 points before Westbrook went down.
Description: OKC forward Kevin Durant went off for 48 points in Saturday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: That's the most points any player has scored in a game this season. The seven-year vet is running away with the scoring title. Durant's 29.2 ppg average is nearly three points higher than Kevin Love's (second in the league at 26.4 ppg).
Description: To the surprise of no one, Thunder small forward Kevin Durant was the best player on the court Friday night in Charlotte.
Insight: The NBA's leading scorer was at it again on Friday with 34 points in 40 minutes of action. He added 12 rebounds and six assists for good measure. With Russell Westbrook out indefinitely, Durant is going to have to shoulder even more of the load on offense. Obviously this is good news for his fantasy owners.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent a scope on his knee to address recent swelling and won't return until after the All-Star break, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
Insight: It was Westbrook's third knee surgery since tearing his right meniscus during the playoffs last season. Reggie Jackson is averaging 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 threes over his last 14 games and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook came close to a triple-double Friday in a win over the Lakers.
Insight: Westbrook cruised to 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. An 81 percent free throw shooter for his career, the sixth-year guard out of UCLA hasn't missed a free throw in his last two games (15-for-15).
Description: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (illness) will play Friday against the Pelicans, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman.
Insight: Westbrook missed shootaround this morning but he's ready to go. Prior to suffering a knee injury in the playoffs last season, Westbrook had never missed a game in college or the NBA, so a minor illness is not going to keep him out.
Description: Oklahoma City small forward Kevin Durant didn't shoot the ball well Friday against the Warriors (7-of-22) but he still managed to post his sixth double-double of the season (25 points, 13 boards).
Insight: Durant also contributed five assists. Though he's only shot 37 percent from the field over the last three games, Durant has averaged a respectable 22.7 ppg over that stretch thanks in large part to his excellent free throw shooting (26-of-28).
Description: OKC forward Serge Ibaka filled up the stat sheet Friday in a win over Golden State.
Insight: Ibaka generated 18 points to go along with four blocks and 13 rebounds. Ibaka isn't known for his scoring but he's posted at least 17 points in each of his last four appearances. The 24-year-old is becoming a double-double machine (seven in 14 games this season).
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka had 15 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Ibaka has upped his scoring and rebounding averages for the second straight season, producing 14.9 ppg and 10.9 rpg, but his block numbers have been inconsistent so far. He's now averaging 2.0 rejections per game after putting up three-plus in each of the last two seasons.
Description: Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (illness) will miss Saturday's game against the Bucks.
Insight: Sefolosha is averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals this season and is much more important to the Thunder than fantasy owners. He shouldn't have to miss too much time. UPDATE: Jeremy Lamb was expected to get his first career start, but Scott Brooks went with Andre Roberson at shooting guard against the Bucks to keep his second unit intact.
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will miss Thursday's game against Golden State following the death of his grandfather and he will miss the Thunder's next two games, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Perkins is a strong defensive player but he's never offered much value for fantasy owners averaging just 3.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
Description: Thunder rookie center Steven Adams is expected to move into the starting lineup for the next two games while Kendrick Perkins is out due to the death of his grandfather, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Adams, the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has played 20 minutes per game as a reserve this season and is averaging 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.5 steals. The Thunder are unlikely to remove Perkins from the starting lineup permanently, however, as they were reluctant to amnesty him even though it gave them a better chance to retain James Harden.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant has reached the foul line 14 times per game this season and made 88.6 percent.
Insight: His career high in free-throw attempts per game in a season is 10.2, and he averaged 9.3 last season. The 25-year-old's field-goal percentage is a little low (for him) at 45.9 percent, and he has made only 34.8 percent of his threes, but he's still averaging 29.6 ppg due in large part to all the free throws.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is day-to-day with a left hip contusion, and SB Nation's Thunder blog reports that he isn't expected to miss any time.
Insight: Jackson's status will officially be updated after Oklahoma City's shootaround Friday in Detroit. The 23-year-old will continue to serve as Oklahoma City's sixth man with Russell Westbrook back in action.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) will start Sunday's game and won't have a minute restriction.
Insight: Westbrook was expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of October to alleviate swelling, but he was cleared to return well ahead of schedule Sunday. Get him back in your fantasy lineup immediately.
Description: According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has passed all medical and physical benchmarks in his rehab and has been cleared to play Sunday.
Insight: That's a shocker. Westbrook was expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of October to alleviate swelling. He likely won't be turned loose right away but fantasy owners can safely get him back in the lineup. Reggie Jackson is likely to move to the bench and will serve as a sixth man. However, he'll still be the third option on offense and should remain a fantasy option.
Description: Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook could be back sooner than expected. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Westbrook was originally expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing offseason knee surgery but now it's looking like he could be back in about two weeks. Assuming he'll be 100 percent when he returns, Westbrook should be a top-ten fantasy player.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Westbrook, who had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, experienced swelling recently that GM Sam Presti said was caused by a loose stitch from the previous surgery. His meniscus has healed properly, but the additional operation was needed to give the 24-year-old "the best chance" to return at 100 percent, Presti said.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is dealing with swelling in his right knee, according to Royce Young of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Westbrook had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, three days after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first-round series versus Houston. Coach Scott Brooks said the swelling is "common," but Westbrook has to be considered questionable for the start of the season.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (knee) has not yet been cleared to resume full basketball activities and is still without a timetable for when he will be cleared. SOURCE: NewsOK.com
Insight: Westbrook had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, three days after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first-round series versus Houston. "We expect him to take part in parts of camp and work his way through different parts until he's ultimately cleared for unrestricted activity," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. "But it's all going to be contingent upon how his body reacts to the additional load that he'll be carrying."
Description: Oklahoma City backup point guard Reggie Jackson could be the Thunders' sixth man this season, replacing Kevin Martin who is now in Minnesota, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.
Insight: This would be a big step up for the 23-year-old who averaged 5.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.7 apg during the regular season last year. Jackson did show he could contribute when he averaged 13.9 ppg in 11 playoff games after Russell Westbrook was injured.
Description: Thunder guard Derek Fisher says that next season will be his last in the NBA. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with OKC earlier in the week. Fisher, a 37.3 percent career shooter from three-point range, has won five titles in 17 NBA seasons. All five of those came with the Lakers.
Description: Ken Berger from CBS Sports is hearing that Derek Fisher might return to the Thunder for another season.
Insight: D-Fish has put together a nice career for himself as a three-point specialist off the bench and we wouldn't be surprised at all if he returns to OKC in that capacity. Even if that happens, we wouldn't expect the soon-to-be 39-year-old to carry any fantasy value next season.
Description: Free agent shooting guard Kevin Martin is being pursued by the Bucks, Mavericks, Pelicans, Pistons, Timberwolves and Thunder.
Insight: ESPN's Marc Stein said Martin was scheduled to have a phone summit with the Thunder on Monday. USA Today reported yesterday that Martin is giving serious thought to leaving Oklahoma City. Playing with the Thunder would give Martin the best chance to win a title but he might prefer to play somewhere where he wouldn't have to come off the bench. All of Martin's appearances last season came as a reserve.
Description: Kevin Durant has no intention to leave Oklahoma City despite being represented by rapper Jay-Z's New York based sports agency. SOURCE: The Oklahoman
Insight: He switched agencies about a month ago. Durant will be 27 when his contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 season. The Thunder finished with the best record in the Western Conference last season but was bounced by Memphis in the second round of the playoffs after Russell Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (torn meniscus) is off crutches.
Insight: Westbrook had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on April 27, three days after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the Thunder's first-round series versus Houston. The team now should be able to provide a firm timetable for Westbrook's return to the court. He's expected to be ready for training camp.
Description: Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant led his team in scoring, rebounding and assists Saturday in a loss at Memphis.
Insight: Durant's 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting was his lowest point total since Game 1 against the Rockets in the first round. Durant missed two huge free throws in the final minute and it looked like he just ran out of gas. The Grizzlies now hold a two games to one edge with Game 4 Monday night in Memphis.
Description: Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (torn meniscus) will be on crutches for another 4-5 weeks before receiving a firmer timetable for recovery, according to Royce Young of DailyThunder.com.
Insight: That means he has no shot of making a comeback this postseason, even if the Thunder ride Kevin Durant back to the NBA Finals. Reggie Jackson is averaging 15.2 points, 3.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds in six starts since Westbrook went down.
Description: OKC guard Kevin Martin had another big game off the bench Sunday against Memphis (25 points, seven rebounds in 32 minutes).
Insight: Since going invisible in Game 5 against Houston earlier in the week (three points on 1-for-10 shooting), Martin has averaged 25 ppg on 15-for-27 shooting (55.6 percent). He's shot 60 percent from three-point range over his last two contests (6-for-10).
Description: Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin struggled against his former team Wednesday in Game 5 (1-of-10 from the field for just three points).
Insight: It's been an up and down series for Martin (11.4 ppg on 30.4 percent shooting). With Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs, Martin will need to emerge as OKC's No. 2 scorer if the Thunder hope to advance to the NBA Finals like they did in 2012.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson did his best Russell Westbrook impression Wednesday in Game 5 against Houston.
Insight: Jackson netted 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He averaged 17.3 ppg in Games 3-5 after scoring just 7.5 ppg in Games 1 and 2. The difference, of course, is that Oklahoma City won the first three games of the series and has now lost the last two. Jackson and the Thunder face another stiff challenge Friday night in Game 6.
Description: Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant collected 36 points on 11-of-23 shooting Wednesday in Game 5 against the Rockets.
Insight: Durant struggled from deep (1-of-8 from behind the three-point arc) but he did a nice job sharing the ball (seven assists) and his presence was definitely felt on the boards (seven rebounds in 45 minutes). He's averaging 38.3 ppg on 36-of-69 shooting since Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury in Game 2.
Description: You're up, Reggie. Now that Russell Westbrook is out with a meniscus tear, Reggie Jackson will take over as Oklahoma City's starting point guard. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: That's a lot to ask of a guy who only averaged 14.2 minutes per game during the regular season. Kevin Durant will be forced to do most of the heavy lifting for the Thunder now that Westbrook is done for the season.
Description: Updating a previous report, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (torn meniscus) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the postseason.
Insight: Is it too early to start planning Miami's victory parade? Without Westbrook, OKC is no longer the favorite to come out of the Western Conference. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson has some mighty big shoes to fill Saturday night in Houston.
Description: Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery on Saturday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, according to a Oklahoman report.
Insight: Depending upon the severity they find, Westbrook (23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals ) could be out 2-3 weeks or six months for a full tear. This is a devastating blow to fantasy owners and the Thunder's championship hopes as they have no one on their roster to play his role. If only James Harden was still on the Thunder roster they might be able to weather this storm.
Description: Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is out indefinitely and will undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, according to a Oklahoman report.
Insight: This is a devastating blow to fantasy owners and the Thunder's championship hopes. Westbrook averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 threes per game this season and was an absolute fantasy stud. Kevin Durant will have to step his game up to a new level because Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher can't fill Westbrook's shoes.
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant finished with a team-high 29 points Wednesday in a Game 2 win over Houston.
Insight: Durant also led the team with nine assists. His clutch three with 2:28 left in the fourth gave Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead and essentially put the Thunder back in the driver's seat. Durant and his teammates will head to Houston this Saturday with a 2-0 series lead.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant missed out on the scoring title but he still led the league in free throw shooting this season (90.5 percent).
Insight: Golden State's Stephen Curry finished second with a 90 percent success rate in 2012-13. Durant (28.1 ppg, 4.6 apg, 7.9 rpg) also led the league in free throws made (679) and was second in free throws attempted (750) behind his former teammate James Harden (792).
Description: For the second season in a row, Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka led the NBA in blocked shots (3.0 bpg in 2012-13).
Insight: He came on strong late in the season (3.2 bpg post All-Star break) and was finally able to pass Milwaukee's Larry Sanders (2.8 bpg) down the stetch. Mostly known as a defensive specialist during his first three seasons in the league, Ibaka's offensive game improved immensely in 2012-13. He finished the season with new career-highs in points (13.2 ppg), field goal percentage (57.3 percent) and three-point shooting (35.1 percent success rate).
Description: Oklahoma City small forward Kevin Durant won't compete for the scoring title Wednesday night in the season finale.
Insight: It's Durant's first absence of the season. He would have needed 70 points to surpass Carmelo Anthony (28.7 ppg) for the league scoring crown. This ends Durant's three-year reign as the NBA's top scorer.
Description: Thunder coach Scott Brooks said that Russell Westbrook might play only 6-10 minutes Wednesday against Milwaukee in the regular season finale. SOURCE: Darnell Mayberry, The Oklahoman
Insight: Westbrook will start and extend his streak of games played to 394, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from him, or any other Thunder starter for that matter. OKC already has the No. 1 seed locked up. Westbrook is averaging 23.4 points, 7.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 threes per game and is an absolute fantasy stud.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook blew up for 37 points Sunday in a loss to the Knicks.
Insight: This one was a fantasy masterpiece. Westbrook entered the day shooting just 43.6 percent for the season but he was actually pretty accurate on Sunday (15-for-27 from the field). He was also active on the glass (11 boards) and relatively generous with the basketball (eight assists). Often turnover-prone, Westbrook turned the ball over just once in 34 minutes Sunday against New York. Westbrook's next game is scheduled for Tuesday night in Utah.
Description: Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook posted his sixth career triple-double Saturday in a victory over Milwaukee.
Insight: Westbrook finished with 23 points, 13 boards and 10 assists. Saturday was just Westbrook's second double-digit assist game of the month. He's averaging 23.5 ppg, 6.4 assists and 5.6 rpg for the month of March.
Description: Thunder forward Kevin Durant had 36 points Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: That's his fourth 30-point game in his last seven games. His scoring has slipped to 25.9 since the All-Star break due to poor shooting from the 3-point line (.348). He averaged 29.2 ppg while making 42.7 percent of his threes prior to the All-Star break.
Description: Bobcats forward Byron Mullens re-emerged with 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting (3-4 3PT, 8-12 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks Wednesday against the Raptors.
Insight: Mullens has played 29 mpg over the last two games after barely breaking a sweat in the previous seven. He still doesn't have his starting job back but he has re-established some of his fantasy value in a hurry.
Description: Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka (eye) will play Wednesday against the Grizzlies, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.
Insight: Ibaka took an elbow to the head from a teammate Tuesday and was questionable for Wednesday's game. He is averaging 13.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.9 blocks per contest and leads the league with 192 blocks.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 35 points (13-23 FG, 9-9 FT) with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block Sunday at Dallas.
Insight: Westbrook has increased his scoring in each of the previous three months after starting with 20.8 in November. He averaged 25.5 ppg in February, and while he has some work to do to get above that for March, Sunday's effort brought him to 25.3 ppg for this month.