For a while there, it’s easy to forget that the Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing short-handed.
The Thunder currently have the NBA’s best record and Kevin Durant is the overwhelming favorite to win the regular season MVP award. All that, without Russell Westbrook.
While Oklahoma City has gone 22-8 in Westbrook’s absence, it’ll be nice to once again have him back in the lineup. And by nice, I mean great, and scary — for opposing teams. With both Durant and Westbrook in the lineup, the Thunder have gone 21-4 this season. Oh.
And that scary thought of a team is about to become a reality again on Feb. 20, when the Thunder play the Miami Heat.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful that injured guard Russell Westbrook will return for Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat, a source said to Yahoo Sports.
The Thunder announced on Dec. 27 that Westbrook had surgery on his right knee for the second time since late October. He was projected to be out until after the NBA All-Star break without a specific return game. The source said Westbrook will be re-evaluated on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, which could open the door for a return against the visiting Heat.
Westbrook still needs to cross his ‘T’s” and dot his “i’s” to officially get cleared to play, and assuming that there isn’t any king of set back, all that appears to be a forgone conclusion to get done by this week.
Westbrook is back, the Thunder are finally at full-strength and they’re coming. Beware.