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The Thunder’s starting lineup of 20-somethings includes All-Stars Durant and Russell Westbrook. Adding Fisher provided a lot of experience, playoff and otherwise.

“There are definitely things I can share verbally to my teammates. At the same time, it’s those experiences in themselves that help you understand what it means and how to appreciate certain things,” Fisher said. “It’s important for them to experience it for who they are and what it means to them.”

What Fisher had seen from the other side was confirmed when he got to the Thunder. It is a group that has “pure joy” for playing the game with a certain energy that is unique to the game.

“It’s been a great ride so far,” Fisher said.

One that could continue against Fisher’s former team. Without a monumental collapse, the Thunder will advance to play the winner of the series between Los Angeles and Denver.

Before that can happen, the Thunder have to close out their series against Dallas. Winning the series is the focus, not necessarily getting a sweep.

“I don’t think there’s a negative to just thinking about winning the next game, which by default means (a sweep),” Fisher said. “There is not any pressure to sweep a team. The pressure is to win four out of seven, and we’re three games closer to that goal.”