OKC Thunder all-star point guard Russell Westbrook did *not* hurt himself any more than he was when he entered Friday night’s NBA game in Toronto against the Raptors. Westbrook left the game with 7:37 to go in the 3rd quarter after a knee-on-knee collision with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry appeared to have re-injured Russell’s right knee that has already required 3 surgical procedures since last year’s playoffs.
Thunder officials told us tonight Westbrook went through an MRI exam and was checked out by team doctors and “there is no serious concern beyond the caution required” when Westbrook plays the rest of the season. The team says it will stick by it’s previously announced plan of resting Westbrook during back-to-back game situations for the remainder of the regular season.
OKC’s next game is Monday at home against Denver and the Thunder will travel to Dallas for a Tuesday night game against the Mavericks. Given the recent pattern of treating Westbrook, the all-star will probably sit-out the home game against the Nuggets and play in Texas the next night. But the Thunder won’t make that decision until Monday.