Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook scores 20 w/ seven dimes

It's good to see Westy shake off the rust after shooting 3-of-10 in his previous outing. He played 26 minutes tonight after playing 28 on Sunday, so the concerns about his knee are probably a bit overblown. He added seven assists with one rebound, one steal, two triples and three turnovers and hasn't done anything to suggest that he's not a top-5 pick in fantasy. He'll be just fine alongside Melo and PG-13.

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  • Russell Westbrook scores 20 w/ seven dimes

    It's good to see Westy shake off the rust after shooting 3-of-10 in his previous outing. He played 26 minutes tonight after playing 28 on Sunday, so the concerns about his knee are probably a bit overblown. He added seven assists with one rebound, one steal, two triples and three turnovers and hasn't done anything to suggest that he's not a top-5 pick in fantasy. He'll be just fine alongside Melo and PG-13.

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  • Westbrook needs 10 shots to score nine points

    Westbrook is still shaking off some rust after having his preseason delayed due to the PRP injection in his left knee, but the major positive here is that he's shown no ill effects from that minor knee procedure. While he has been somewhat passive on offense as he works himself back into things (23.9 usage rate), that's not a trend we'd expect to continue into the regular season. Don't let a slow preseason start cause Westbrook to slip out of the top-5 on draft day.

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  • Russell Westbrook healthy in preseason debut

    He only played the first quarter and he showed no signs of injury. Most players need more time off after PRP treatment to a knee, but Westbrook is probably part bionic for how quickly he recovers from injury. He still had some heavy usage with five attempts from the field and from the line, so he still should be scoring in the upper 20s even with the help around him. If you take turnovers and field goal percentage out of the equation, Westbrook could still be the top player in fantasy this season.

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  • Russ Westbrook will play, likely just 1st qtr

    It's a great sign to see him back on the court after PRP treatment. Westbrook is going to have a lot more space to operate on offense, so the first quarter should be interesting. While his scoring should come down, Westbrook should still fill up the stat sheet like few others can.

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  • Westbrook (knee) status uncertain for Friday

    Westbrook received platelet-rich plasma injections in his left knee shortly before the start of training camp and returned to contact work earlier this week. OKC will naturally err on the side of caution during the preseason, so the fact that they are even considering playing him Friday night is a good sign that he'll be ready to rock on opening night.

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  • Russell Westbrook (knee) out Tuesday vs. HOU

    Westbrook was able to get through most of Monday's practice, including the contact portions, but there's no reason for OKC to put him on the floor for some meaningless preseason games and risk a setback. The Thunder and Westbrook seem confident that this won't be an issue that affects him during the regular-season, and him steadily increasing his workload at practices would support that argument. Continue drafting him as you would in the top-5 on draft day.

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  • Russell Westbrook (knee) doesn't scrimmage

    Westbrook could miss some preseason games as he continued to recover from the PRP injection he received in his left knee on September 22, but none of the reporting thus far has suggested that this will be an issue that affects him during the regular season. For what it's worth, Westbrook did go through warmups on Sunday, so he does appear to be making progress.

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  • Russell Westbrook agrees to 5-year extension

    Kaboom. General manager Sam Presti needs a parade or something for his tremendous offseason, adding Carmelo Anthony and Paul George without even mortgaging the future. Westbrook agreeing to this move dumps cold water all over the Lakers rumors, and this suggests the Thunder could wind up keeping their core together as well. Westbrook's total contract is the biggest in NBA history at $233 million over six years, so he can certainly add to his wardrobe. The reigning MVP could still average another triple-double and should have his team near the top of the Western Conference standings. By the way, today is Kevin Durant's birthday.

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  • Russell Westbrook not practicing again

    He's expected to miss the first few days of practice as he recovers from PRP treatment to his left knee. Westbrook does not sound concerned about his knee injury and this isn't the same knee that needed three procedures earlier in his career. After his record-breaking 40.8 usage rate last year, that number should come down with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George next to him. Westbrook should still lead the league in that category and could average a triple-double again.

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  • Russell Westbrook (knee) skips practice Tues

    Westbrook is currently recovering from a PRP injection in his left knee and he's going to skip the first handful of practices at training camp. However, he's expected to be fully cleared by the time the regular season kicks off, so don't overreact to the MVP taking it easy in September. With the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook probably won't be the same triple-double threat he was last year, but he should continue to offer owners ridiculous stat lines with regularity.

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