Westbrook Remains A Gametime Decision
Neither Thunder head coach Scott Brooks nor All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook spoke with reporters after the team's shootaround today, so Westbrook's playing status for tonight's game against Miami remains a mystery.
Westbrook went through his first full-scale practice just yesterday and the Thunder medical staff will check him out between now and game time to see if there has been any swelling or discomfort in Westbrook's surgically repaired right knee.
If no problems are discovered it's likely Westbrook would be fully cleared to play and then Brooks would have to decide if one practice and one shootaround are enough preparation to get Westbrook back on the floor.
Kevin Durant told reporters today, "I don't know," when asked if he thought Westbrook would play. But then later in the interview session Durant seemed to almost give it away when he was asked about the matchup with the Heat.
"He's a huge part of the matchup, we're gonna let him do what he do, he's gonna create for himself and for others and he's gonna play his tail off and," And then KD caught himself, "IF he plays."
Thunder backup point guard Derek Fisher would drop back to third string status if Westbrook comes back tonight and his minutes would take a hit.
"It doesn't change my approach to the game my minutes may dip, a little or a lot, but you still have to be ready to play."
Fisher said he didn't know if Westbrook would take the court tonight but he said he's looked good over these two days of practice.
"Physically he's looks great, he and the doctors will make the decision, hopefully here soon because we've missed him."
Both Oklahoma City and Miami are hot, the Heat have won three straight games and four of their last five, all on the road. The Thunder went into the All-Star break winners of 15 of their last 17.
Miami returned to action Tuesday night in Dallas and pounded the Mavericks 117-106. This will be Oklahoma City's first game back from the break and it begins a six game OKC homestand.
Both Brooks and Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra will meet with reporters before the game tonight. Our cameras will be there so click back for the very latest.