The Thunder soared into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and their sights set on a possible rematch with the Heat in the NBA Finals. However, just two games into their first-round series against the Rockets, Oklahoma City got the tough news that three-time All-Star guard Russell Westbrook will require surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be out indefinitely. How will losing Westbrook affect the Thunder's playoff chances?


A bigger workload for Kevin Durant?

The Thunder still have their eyes on an NBA title, but first they need to get past Houston, so Kevin Durant will need to step up to finish this series.

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With Russell Westbrook out indefinitely, which team will win the Thunder-Rockets series? (Thunder lead 2-0)

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    11%
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    33%
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    34%
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    8%
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    14%

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Did Westbrook get injured on a dirty play?

As Westbrook was trying to call a timeout, Houston rookie guard Patrick Beverley tried for a steal and his hip bumped Westbrook's knee.

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Was Patrick Beverley's lunging steal attempt against Russell Westbrook in Game 2 a dirty play?

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    34%
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    66%

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Who is the NBA's next best duo?

The duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is often considered the best in the league. Who takes over at the top of the list now?

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With Westbrook out, which of these remaining duos in the playoffs is the best?

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    8%
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    71%
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    8%
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    9%
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    4%

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