Russell Westbrook injury update: OKC Thunder still eyeing post-All-Star Break return

Feb 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (R) gestures from the bench against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook

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