I'm now convinced Ibaka is the Thunder's most important -- and sometimes most underutilized -- player. And I still consider Westbrook's intangibles -- his fearless clutch guts -- superior to Durant's. (See Durant's four straight late failures in playoff losses last season to Memphis without Westbrook.) So yes, I consider the new MVP the Thunder's third-most important player.
However you rank them, the Martian would sit back and conclude: "It's painfully obvious to me this Oklahoma City team has the three best players on the court. I'm sorry, but this series is over."
And that would be hard to argue. Now, my only hope is what still occasionally happens to Durant and Westbrook against teams other than San Antonio: They go distance-shooting, turnover-prone crazy and erase their eraser, Ibaka. Now, only the Thunder can beat the Thunder.
I imagine the Martian now has no interest in returning to watch Game 5 Thursday night.