Updates from Friday, April 18
Anthony Slaten of The Oklahoman has the latest on Westbrook:
Scott Brooks on Russell Westbrook's playoff limitations: "It's unlimited. He can play as I see fit."— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 18, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports on Russell Westbrook's status for tonight's game against the Kings:
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook out tonight vs Kings for rest. Expected to play versus Clippers tomorrow.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 9, 2014
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman explains his minute restriction:
Westbrook's minute restriction is now up to 34, according to Scoot Brooks.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 9, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
As expected, Russell Westbrook is active tonight against the Dallas Mavericks according to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com:
ESPN's Marc Stein captured a brief quote from Westbrook:
Russell Westbrook, talking pregame in Dallas just now, says of initial reaction after collision with Kyle Lowry: "I was scared, honestly"— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 25, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 24
Royce Young of CBS Sports provides the latest update on Russell Westbrook heading into tonight's game against the Denver Nuggets:
Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook will sit tonight and play tomorrow in Dallas.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 24, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 22
Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman provides an update on Russell Westbrook's injury:
An MRI and clinical exam on Russell Westbrook's knee confirmed no further issues from the play last night. He will be fine moving forward.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 22, 2014
The Thunder will continue to monitor Russell Westbrook's minutes and rest him on one night of back-to-backs.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 22, 2014
If Russell Westbrook didn't have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Yet again, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was the victim of a freak accident, this time against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Westbrook banged knees with Kyle Lowry after the Raptors guard went to close out on the perimeter. Daily Thunder posted video of the play:
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reported on Westbrook's post game status:
Russell Westbrook was in great spirits after the game. Left the arena walking just fine. No brace. No crutches. Doesn't expect to miss time.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 22, 2014
He had to be helped off the floor, per Mayberry:
Kyle Lowry just inadvertently bumped into Russell Westbrook's right knee. Westbrook is in a ton of discomfort and is helped off the floor.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 22, 2014
Raptors sideline reporter Eric Smith reported that Westbrook was forced back to the locker room:
Lowry, closing out on Westbrook, inadvertently hits Westbrook's knee. It buckles inwards. Westbrook hurt...headed to locker room. Yikes.— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) March 22, 2014
Royce Young of CBS Sports reported the injury would sidline Westbrook for the night:
Russell Westbrook won't return tonight, per the Thunder broadcast. Team is calling it a sprained right knee.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 22, 2014
Thunder fans will likely jump to the worst conclusion with this news considering the incident that knocked Westbrook out of the playoffs last year was similarly innocuous.
There's no doubting how important the All-Star guard is for Oklahoma City. The Thunder are still a top-tier team without him, but their chances of winning an NBA title all but go up in smoke if he misses the postseason.
Both team and fanbase will undoubtedly be on pins and needles until Westbrook's injury prognosis is revealed.