Russell Westbrook, the high-flying, dynamic court general went down last week in Game Two against Houston after tearing his meniscus in his right knee. The Team USA Point Guard is out for the season as the team announced Friday, meaning his two backups, Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher, will pick up his slack for the remainder of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson will start, so let's evaluate him first. Averaging only 5.3 points per game this season along with 2.4 boards, he's obviously no Westbrook. The stamina and speed he brings, though, is impressive. Jackson is only in his second year, so he brings tons of potential, but for the Thunder to make a run, he needs to continue to step up like he did in Game 3. Jackson contributed 14 points and two rebounds in the Thunder's 104-101 win in Houston. If Jackson continues to step up, the sophomore will start to impress several spectators around the league.
Now to the other replacement that isn't so young, 38-year-old Derek Fisher. The Thunder resigned Fisher halfway through the season; bringing him out of retirement in case of an emergency situation such as the one they're in right now. Fisher is 16 years older than Jackson, so he's quite slower, but he's just as productive, averaging 5.3 points per game as well, and cashing in 1.4 dimes. In 24 minutes in Game 3, Fisher scored nine points and added one steal, rebound, assist, and block.
Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, so he is very hard to replace, but if Jackson and Fisher continue to step-up, Loud City should be pleased with the outcome.
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