Filling a role, Thundering up

How OKC compensated for missing Westbrook in Game 1 win over Grizzlies

Originally Published: May 5, 2013
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- An hour before tipoff at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the blond wood-paneled doors to Russell Westbrook's locker were shut tight. The black Aeron chair where Westbrook usually sits pregame -- headphones on, futzing with his smartphone -- was empty.

Many of us have been there at some point: A workhorse is ill and out of the office indefinitely. Who covers? Do we split up the responsibilities? Wait for someone specific to take charge? Tread water until the person gets back, ...

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