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Westbrook will play Saturday versus Hawks

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 5:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Westbrook will make it 283 straight as he's set to play tonight against the Hawks.


Russell Westbrook has never missed a game as pro. Or in college. He's played 282 consecutive games for the Thunder, but that could be coming to an end Saturday night.

In the fourth quarter of OKC's win over the Magic Westbrook stepped on a defender's foot and rolled his left ankle. He walked it off, sinking two free throws right after and playing pretty much the rest of the way. He exited the game with about 30 seconds left and went to the locker room.

Said Westbrook after the game, via The Oklahoman: "I'm much more focused on my career ... I think missing a game instead of missing (more time) in the long run won't hurt you. So we'll just see how it feels and hopefully I'll be able to play."

(If you're wondering, the all-time NBA record for most consecutive games played is 1,192 set by A.C. Green.)

This ankle injury comes just over a week after he rolled his other ankle in a game against Golden State. Westbrook didn't miss any time because of that one, but it certainly sounds like he's taking a cautious approach, which is wise.

If Westbrook can't go Saturday against the Hawks, Scott Brooks will have an interesting choice between Reggie Jackson or Royal Ivey. Jackson is the de facto backup as of now, but would Brooks really trust his inconsistent rookie with big minutes? Or would he split time between Ivey and Jackson with Harden running a healthy amount of point?

Hopefully for the Thunder's sake, they don't have to find out.


Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:40 pm

Westbrook will play Saturday versus Hawks

He should sit becaus3 if Jackson and Ivey get minutes you'll get a look of what they're made of playing big minutes. If you dont Jackson/Ivey won't get big minutes. As for Harden should play the SG mostly BUT if you put him at Point he'll have size AND STRENGTH over more PGs in the league....

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:00 pm

Westbrook has sprained left ankle, is day to day

He should sit tonight.  It is always good for a team to get new blood playing in games.  Not for long stretches but for a game or two.  Give those bench players some of the minutes.  It gives these players a better chance to work with the starters in game time situations.  It is a good experience for the team, it can bring them together.
Never mind that it gives Westbrook plenty of time to heal.  I am sure fantasy owners in daily leagues are not thinking like this.
I don't think OKC will win it all this year.  The team turns the ball over way too much.  You can't do that in the playoffs, you need value every possesion.  They are a roller coaster ride at the center spot. 
Don't get me wrong, I see them going to the championship, but losing. 

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:22 pm

Westbrook has sprained left ankle, is day to day

If he needs to miss a game or two,miss them now because these guys are about to find out what a championship feels like. OKC all the way this season!!!

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:42 pm

Westbrook has sprained left ankle, is day to day

Its only the Hawks...let the man rest and heel a bit.  OKC is playing wonderful ball...especially in the 4th quarter.  I am amazed on how Westbrook and Durant compliment each other.  I truely believe that this team (the old Seattle Super Sonics) are going to make another run into the playoffs and just might go all the way!  4 Apr will really test their abilities against Mia! 

This year has been a fast paced year for all teams, but being as young as OKC is, they have no issues playing as much as they have to make up for a strike shortened season. 

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