Thunder's Westbrook game-time decision against Heat

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Still waiting.

Scott Brooks told reporters today at practice that Russell Westbrook partook in the team's full contact drills, but will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Heat.

Previously, Kevin Durant had said Westbrook would return for that game. And while that's still very much a possibility — and likely a probability — until his name is officially on the active roster, we'll have to wait and see.

Westbrook has been out since Dec. 26 when he underwent a second arthroscopic knee procedure to help alleviate swelling. And in his absence, the Thunder have found themselves well going 22-8 and taking a commanding 3.5 game lead in the Western Conference.

Obviously Westbrook's pending return raises a few questions, but know this simple fact: The Thunder are infinitely better with Russell Westbrook on the floor. They're 21-4 with him this season and basketball changes in the postseason, as was evident for the Thunder against Memphis last playoffs.

Westbrook, 24, is averaging 21.3 points and 7.0 assists in 25 games this season.

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