On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their worst loss of the season against the Dallas Mavericks while All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook looked on from the bench. Russell Westbrook sat out on the first half of the back-to-back in order to be available on Monday, when the Thunder took on the Bulls in Chicago. Yesterday Russell Westbrook scored 17 points and played 29 minutes. Resting Russell Westbrook occasionally is part of the Thunder’s plan after the point guard’s return from his most recent knee surgery. That was his third procedure since injuring the knee last April during the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks and Bulls games were the first of three back-to-backs on the Thunder schedule by March 25. Why sit out against Dallas and play Monday against Chicago? Russell says it was “a decision we made as a group”.
Like Westbrook, Bulls G Derrick Rose had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. Rose is out for the season. “I’ve talked to him numerous times,” Westbrook said before the game. “He’s a tough guy. … He’s going to come back the same D-Rose he was before.” … Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha missed his eighth consecutive game with a left calf strain, while C Kendrick Perkins missed his 11th game with a groin strain. … Oklahoma City F Kevin Durant’s streak of 32 games with at least 25 points is the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan had 40 straight for the Bulls in 1986-87.
This season Russell Westbrook has an average of 21.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists which is solid for a player who missed 42 games this season.
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