OKC’s Martin, Fisher Irk Rockets’ Fans
It wasn’t Kevin Durant, but the other Kevin — a familiar face who turned foe on the brink of the regular season who came back to Houston and delivered the daggers that ended the Rockets’ playoff run Friday night.
Kevin Martin moves on. James Harden goes home.
Nobody could have predicted the spills, twists and turns this series took along the way before ending in six games with a 103-94 victory for Oklahoma City — including the part about the biggest performance of all the players dealt for each other on the eve of the season being Martin instead of James Harden.
“When you’re on the road in the playoffs, the reason it’s so much fun is that the fans hate you so much,” Derek Fisher said, again enjoying postseason success at the Rockets’ expense. “Because you’re getting booed. Because people are saying the most outlandish things their kids shouldn’t be hearing them saying. It requires you to go to a deeper level of focus and intensity. That’s the great part about being in the playoffs.”