The Thunder has finally dodged an injury bullet.
After what initially looked to be a potentially serious knee injury on Friday night in Toronto, Russell Westbrook walked out of the arena fine, without a brace and telling The Oklahoman that he didn’t expect to miss any time.
And on Saturday, after an MRI and clinical exam with team doctors, that fortunate diagnosis was confirmed. No areas of concerned surfaced as a result of Westbrook’s knee-to-knee contact with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.
The team is calling it a knee sprain. He isn’t expected to miss any additional time.
But moving forward, the Thunder will continue to monitor Westbrook’s minutes and rest him on one game of its upcoming back-to-backs. It’s a plan OKC hatched and publicized upon Westbrook’s latest return. And it’s one the Thunder has stuck with. His latest scare will likely only solidify that stance. The Oklahoman
The play that led to Westbrook’s recent scare is going to happen even if the Thunder hold him out of back-to-back games or reduce his minutes prior to the postseason. It’s unavoidable.
Derrick Rose’s knee ailments are a lot more concerning because they are taking place during non-contact plays.
Totally different circumstances.
I understand the caution but it’s completely overstated. Either play Westbrook or keep him out of games completely. The in-between doesn’t make any sense when looking out how the injuries occur. – AL
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