Nobody feels sorry for anybody. You know that going in. Lose your star player, have a run of bad luck, fall on the wrong end of a crummy call, whatever. Not a single team will feel your pain and, if anything, some will revel in it. Very subtly, of course. Especially in the Western Conference.
And so, Oklahoma City can bemoan its recent and unusual rash of injuries and how they conspired to ruin big plans — and do so with plenty of justification — and the rest of the league merely shrugs.