Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Erupts for 26 points, 10 dimes Sunday
Westbrook provided 26 points (10-21 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes in Sunday's 112-94 preseason win over the Timberwolves.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan unleashed Westbrook for the first time this preseason, as the point guard had seen no more than 24 minutes in any of the previous four contests. He unsurprisingly used the elevated playing time to deliver his biggest stat line of the exhibition schedule, and has done little to change his standing as a clear-cut top-five pick in just about every fantasy format. While his efficiency figures to take a hit without Kevin Durant around to help shoulder the load, an expected increase in Westbrook's usage rate should translate to more points and assists.