Oklahoma City, OK - According to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook has begun increasing his workout activity this past week. He has not been cleared to participate in Thunder practices, but he is doing quite a bit more individual work and looks to be getting stronger and healthier each day. The Thunder are hoping that he will be able to return to full practice here in the next week or two, but nothing is set in stone at this time.
“He hasn’t participated in any part of our practices. I don’t know what date. Sometime after the All-Star break. We like the progress he is making.” Scott Brooks, Head Coach
The Thunder have seen Kevin Durant step up during this period that Westbrook has missed, but they have missed their star point guard. Westbrook is needed back in the lineup for the stretch run towards the playoffs, and Kevin Durant will be very happy when he does make it back. All that being said, the Thunder are doing the right thing by being careful with Westbrook’s knee.
Westbrook has played in and started 25 games this season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 21.3 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game. He has shown major improvement in his ability to run the team, and that is why Durant has been having such a big season. If Westbrook is able to come back at the level that he has been playing at, the Thunder are going to get even more difficult to beat.
Overall, this is news that Oklahoma City Thunder fans are extremely excited to hear. Westbrook has been dealing with injuries since the playoffs last season and the team is much better when he is on the floor healthy. Reggie Jackson has done a very good job filling in for Westbrook, but he simply isn’t the level of player that Westbrook is.
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