A few weeks ago a report came out indicating that the Oklahoma City Thunder were hoping for Russell Westbrook to return on Feb. 20, the first game following the All-Star Break for OKC when they will host the Miami Heat.
That date still seems to be the most likely return for Westbrook. A recent report by the Oklahoman has this to say on Westbrook’s progress:
“He hasn’t participated in any part of our practices,” Brooks said.
Westbrook’s return, according to the team, still remains at least 10 days away, with the first game after the All-Star break set for Feb. 20 against Miami.
“I don’t know what date,” Brooks said. “Sometime after the All-Star break. We like the progress he is making.”
The Thunder were 21-4 with Westbrook in the lineup this season and initially struggled with him out of it.
For the first 12 games overall this season without Russ, they were 6-6. Then the Thunder went on a 10-game winning streak largely in thanks to Kevin Durant’s insane play in January.
There’s no doubt that the Thunder are a significantly better team with Russ in the lineup. When he returns, I think the adjustment period will be almost unnoticeable just like it was the first time he played this season.
Overall now, the Thunder are 20-8 with Westbrook out of the lineup. They have two games left before the All-Star Break, at Portland tonight and then at the Lakers on Thursday.