Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook back against Miami Heat?

Feb 11, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) smiles at the end of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The last year has been pretty tough for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Previously indestructible, the explosive guard has been under the knife three times over a short period of time, repairing various issues with his knees. Westbrook was once again ruled out in late December, but could make his return against the Miami Heat on Thursday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that injured guard Russell Westbrook will return for Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat, a source to Yahoo Sports.

(via Yahoo)

In Westbrook’s absence, the Thunder have done surprisingly well, going 22-8. A lot of credit has to go to Kevin Durant, who has absolutely torn the league apart in the last two months, rocketing to the top of the MVP conversation and threatening to knock LeBron James off the throne. Still, there is no doubt that the Thunder are significantly better when Westbrook is healthy, and the team certainly hopes that he will be able to stay on the floor and round into postseason shape over the next month and a half.

Usually, when a player is coming off a tough injury, teams look to bring him back against inferior opposition, but it’s probably safe to assume that Westbrook had circled in the game against the Heat on his calendar as a probable return date.

In his 25 appearances this season, Westbrook didn’t seem to have lost his athleticism and is averaging 21.3 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game.

 

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